New Horizons Space Probe Finds Brilliant Blue Skies, Water Ice on Pluto
NASA‘s New Horizons space probe sent back stunning photos from the dwarf planet, revealing it has blue skies and water ice on its surface.
“Who would have expected a blue sky in the Kuiper Belt? It’s gorgeous,” Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator, said in a statement.
The sky is painted blue when haze particles, which NASA said are likely gray or red, scatter blue light.
The second finding released today shows small regions of water ice on Pluto, although it wasn’t initially obvious until scientists reviewed data from the Ralph spectral composition mapper on New Horizons.
“Large expanses of Pluto don’t show exposed water ice because it’s apparently masked by other, more volatile ices across most of the planet,” Jason Cook, a science team member at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo., said in a statement. “Understanding why water appears exactly where it does, and not in other places, is a challenge that we are digging into.”
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For the coffee ice:
3 tablespoons sugar
2 cups warm strong coffee
For the chocolate syrup:
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 ounce milk chocolate, finely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the frappes:
1 cup reduced-fat milk
Whipped cream, for topping
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I stopped asking, “Why me?”
I stopped stating that life was unfair.
I stopped thinking that my luck couldn’t get any worse.
I stopped looking at myself as a walking magnet for all things unjust,
And I started saying, “Better me.”
Better me to deal with the darker things that life seemed to direct my way.
Better me to handle these demons—I’ve been battling monsters my whole life.
I’ve learned to navigate through chaos and obscurity.
I’ve learned to thrive with nothing.
I’ve learned to roll with the punches, and build castles from the stones that were thrown.
Better me to carry the weight of these burdens, than someone else who may stumble and falter.
Who better to slay dragons, than the girl who learned to be a warrior so early on?
I no longer allow the thought “Why me?” to creep into my consciousness—
Now, I simply say, “Better me”—because I’ve got this.
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That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou see’st the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west;
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest.
In me thou see’st the glowing of such fire,
That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
As the deathbed whereon it must expire,
Consumed with that which it was nourished by.
This thou perceiv’st, which makes thy love more strong,
To love that well which thou must leave ere long.
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