The probe has captured Pluto’s surface. There is a mysterious object moving. What will it be?

Pluto is no stranger to my friends. It used to be one of the nine planets in the solar system, and it is also the farthest planet that can be observed by human beings in the solar system. But in 2006, a big event happened in astronomy, that is, scientists redefined the selection criteria of planets. Under the new criteria, Pluto can only be regarded as a dwarf planet, so it was kicked out of the planet list.

Since then, the solar system from the original nine planets into eight planets. Although Pluto has lost its planet identity, scientists have paid no less attention to it. You know, it’s the first dwarf planet in the Kuiper belt on the edge of the solar system that we can see.

As we all know, the edge of the solar system has always been a blind area for human exploration. Due to the limitations of human science and technology, and the solar light received by the edge of the solar system is very weak, so it is very dark there. And there is a very mysterious Kuiper belt around the edge of the solar system.

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The whole Kuiper belt is like a halo that surrounds the inner galaxies, where there are countless asteroids and various pieces of celestial bodies. Pluto is the only celestial body that we can see on earth through telescopes. Studying and exploring Pluto’s mysteries will help us know more about the Kuiper belt on the edge of the solar system.

On the day Pluto lost its planetary status in 2006, NASA launched the new horizon probe, whose mission is to explore Pluto, Pluto I and other objects in the Kuiper belt. It is the fastest man-made flying object in human history. It takes less than nine hours to fly over the moon and orbit the earth. It takes only 13 months to reach the gravitational zone of Jupiter.

After more than nine years of flight, new horizon finally reached Pluto orbit, when it began a series of exploration activities on Pluto. New horizon first took a full picture of Pluto, and then sent it back to earth. This is the first time that humans have seen the true face of Pluto. Scientists learned more about Pluto in the photos that came back.

One of the photos that attracted the attention of scientists is a mysterious object moving on Pluto’s surface. And from the photos, we can clearly see the traces left behind during the movement of the object. What will this mysterious moving object on Pluto’s surface be captured by the probe? Maybe a lot of people think of giant creatures for the first time.

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You know, the object that can be photographed by the detector from the orbit must be very large. If this is a creature, its volume will be very large. Is this object really a living body? Ordinary people who eat melons will think that it is a giant living body when they see such a picture.

But as long as Pluto has a certain understanding of friends should understand, that is basically impossible. Although we didn’t know much about Pluto in the past, we also knew that it was a very cold planet. The edge of the solar system is a very weak area of the sun, where the solar energy is very little, so every planet is basically frozen objects.

The detection of new horizon also confirmed this conclusion. The surface temperature of Pluto is as low as minus 229 degrees Celsius. At such an ultra-low temperature, even nitrogen with very low freezing point will freeze, and no life can survive in such an extreme environment. It is also found that Pluto is a nitrogen rich planet with a large amount of nitrogen.

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It’s just that the temperature is so low that the nitrogen on it solidifies into ice and covers the surface of Pluto. The moving object observed by the detector is probably just a small iceberg on the surface, and its moving orbit may also be the result of the combined factors such as the shooting angle and the angle of the sunlight photo. It’s not a giant creature.

In fact, due to the shooting angle, solar irradiation angle and other factors, the probe often takes pictures of objects similar to life. For example, in a large number of Mars photos taken by the Mars probe, some of the things presented are very similar to life, which makes many people think that there is complex life on Mars. They’re just rocks on Mars.

Through the photos of Pluto sent back by the probe, we also found that Pluto has many cell like landforms, which are densely distributed on the surface. How did such a peculiar landform come into being? Scientists have found that they are actually changes in nitrogen. Although the surface temperature of Pluto is as low as minus 229 degrees Celsius, there can also be geological activities inside Pluto, including geothermal energy.

The internal heat source continuously penetrates to the surface, and the solid nitrogen close to the heat will gain greater buoyancy, and then float up as a whole. At this time, it will encounter cold air on the surface, and then it will be concave down, thus forming a special natural landform with concave and convex surface of Pluto, which is similar to cells.

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Of course, these are only a few things we know about Pluto. If we really want to have a comprehensive understanding of Pluto, we still need the probe to be able to land on the surface for long-term mobile detection. The reason why we have a comprehensive understanding of Mars is that Mars rovers are constantly moving on the surface of Mars.

Although the orbital probe is powerful and has strong observation ability, it can only give us a general understanding of the overall landscape of a planet. For a more detailed understanding, we can only rely on the landing probe. However, it’s not easy to land on Pluto, which can’t be really achieved with human technology.

One is that the temperature of Pluto’s surface is very low, and there is solid nitrogen distributed on its surface. In this case, it is difficult for our detector to withstand the complex environment of ultra-low temperature. Another reason is the problem of communication. We all know that if the detector wants to successfully land on a planet, it still needs the command and control from the earth side.

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When the Mars probe lands on Mars, the earth needs to adjust and schedule all kinds of instructions to make the success rate higher. Even so, the probability of a human Mars probe landing on Mars is still just over 50%. The signal from the earth to Mars, the average rate is only about 10 minutes, but if it is Pluto, the earth’s command signal to transmit in the past, it will take more than 10 hours.

If it’s an orbital probe, there’s no problem with this time. But if it’s going to land on Pluto, the transmission time is too long. Once there’s a problem with the probe or the landing position needs to be changed, the information on the earth can’t be sent in time, resulting in the final landing failure. So our current technology, the probe wants Pluto to land successfully, the success rate will be very low, so now we can only carry out orbit detection.

If in the future, human science and technology go further, with stronger anti low temperature detector and more powerful cosmic communication technology, it is inevitable that the detector will land on Pluto for exploration and research, and then we will have a more comprehensive understanding of Pluto. Maybe we’ll make another big discovery in Pluto at that time, and we’re looking forward to that day.

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