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Planets internal structures Featured Pluto Print

Planets internal structures

Planets internal structures, and Pluto, computer artwork. Mercury, Mars and Venus consist of a large iron core (spherical), surrounded by a thick silicate mantle (yellow) covered in a surface crust. Earth consists of an inner core of solid iron and nickel (yellow) and a molten outer core (orange), surrounded by a mantle of highly viscous liquid (brown) covered by a surface crust. Jupiter and Saturn consist of a core of rock (spherical) surrounded by ice (mat grey). This is surrounded by a layer of liquid metallic hydrogen (grey) and liquid normal hydrogen (blue). Uranus and Neptune have a core of rock (spherical) surrounded by ice and liquid hydrogen (blue). Pluto has a dense rocky core (grey) surrounded by ice (black)


New Horizons spacecraft at Pluto, artwork Featured Pluto Print

New Horizons spacecraft at Pluto, artwork

New Horizons spacecraft at Pluto, artwork. New Horizons launched from Earth on 19 January 2006 and will take 9 years to reach Pluto, arriving mid-2015. It will spend 15 months studying this dwarf planet. Pluto (left), some 6 billion kilometres from the Sun (upper right), has never before been visited by a spacecraft from Earth. It is a small rocky, icy world with a thin atmosphere and a moon called Charon (centre right). The spacecraft will use cameras and scientific equipment to gather data, sending it back to Earth with the large (2.1-metre) dish antenna (white). New Horizons will also travel beyond Pluto to study other objects in the Kuiper Belt


Outer solar system formation Featured Pluto Print

Outer solar system formation

Outer solar system formation. Artwork showing the formation of the unusual orbits of bodies in the outer solar system. The inset shows three stages in the formation of the solar system. Early on (top) it is a disc of small bodies (planetesimals), which collide and accrete into gradually larger bodies. These accrete smaller ones until their orbital paths are nearly clear of debris (middle), but some large bodies do remain, and collisions (orange) still occur. Some smaller bodies are thrown out of the solar system by the gravity of larger bodies (lower right of middle stage). The result (bottom) is that some bodies, such as the dwarf planet Pluto, have highly eccentric orbits (yellow lines)