The Pluto explorer spacecraft of NASA, New Horizons will help scientists and researchers at NASA to find evidence of an ocean on Pluto’s moon, Charon. The New Horizons is expected to flyby Pluto in July 2015. Scientists will be able to know whether or not the surface of Charon is cracked, which will be a great help to figure out if the moon had a sub-surface ocean in the past.

Scientists are eager to support their theory that Charon had liquid oceans in the past with further research. Cracks on the surface of the moon are very essential for the study as it has the potential of revealing details about these supposed ancient oceans.

“Our model predicts different fracture patterns on the surface of Charon depending on the thickness of its surface ice, the structure of the moon’s interior and how easily it deforms, and how its orbit evolved”, said Alyssa Rhoden of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Pluto has temperature close to 380 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. Charon and Pluto are said to be tidally locked i.e. any ocean Charon might have had should be frozen by now.

According to NASA, moons of planets including Jupiter and Saturn are all involved in a gravitational tug-of-war.

Gravitational pull by their parent planet keeps Europa, Enceladus and even Charon in a slight elliptical orbit.

The tides raise daily tides on the surface of the moons.  According to scientists these tidal movements could serve to keep the interiors warm and allow underground water to exist in liquid form, writes Nature World News.

“By comparing the actual New Horizons observations of Charon to the various predictions, we can see what fits best and discover if Charon could have had a subsurface ocean in its past, driven by high eccentricity.”

Rhoden said in a news release that the comparison between New Horizons observations of Charon and the various predictions will help in determining what fits best and discover the chances of Charon having a subsurface in its past.

Liquid water is a basic necessity for life and right mixture of chemical and energy source is essentially required by biological organisms for their survival.

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  4. Johnny

    Tell me more, Clinton Hesler…
    What is your native language? Do they still worship cargo planes where you come from?

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  5.   

    So excited for New Horizons to take high-definition pictures of Pluto! The highest-resolution ones we have now are fuzzy… can it be July 2015 already please?

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  6. Broncobet

    OK He redid the article and explained it very well. We should be preparing a mission(they take a long time to plan and execute) that lands on Europa then melts its way to the ocean and explores it.

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  8. James

    OMFG. Tidally locked doesn’t mean a frozen ocean under the surface. This guy’s a freakin moron.

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    • gt

      Tidal changes would have caused compression & friction (maybe) that would be sufficient to melt water below the surface. However, since they are tidally locked, there is no such squeezing and flexing. Thermodynamically, tidal lock is a lower energy state.

      Granted, the author doesn’t really explain this well and jumps ahead enough to be missing the story and/or evidence. But the principle does hold in general. It’s how Europa may have melted water below its surface of ice.

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  9. Ryan Mercer

    I remember when this mission nearly missed its launch window. Pluto wouldn’t have been in proper position again for like 200 years. I remember thinking how excruciatingly long it would be before the flyby. Time flies.

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  25. ScottCU

    Was this written by a Fox News employee? Because the facts are horribly wrong. Tidally locked = frozen oceans? And when did NASA decide to land on Pluto? Was it a last minute, on the fly decision?

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    • Broncobet

      That part sounds accurate,the flexing can keep an ocean such as Europa’s liquid,but if tidally locked as our own beautiful moon is, less energy is converted to heat from the friction of rising and falling material. Apparently you are the knuckle head as you didn’t read the previous comments which quite correctly called out the author.

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      • ScottCU

        The author wrote that Pluto and Charon are tidally locked “i.e.” any ocean should be frozen by now. “i.e.” means “in other words.” Tidal lock means that two bodies have synchronous rotation. It is not another way of saying that an ocean is frozen.

      • Broncobet

        You misunderstand. What’s the reason ? It’s because energy is transferred from the momentum of orbiting to heat which is higher when not tidally locked referring to Europa. On Europa the surface goes up and down more than twenty feet due to the tremendous gravitational field of Jupiter. I pointed out, correctly ,that our moon is tidally locked, which is like when you spin a yoyo in a circle ,one side is always pointed to you. I was also calling out Scottcu who didn’t get any part of the article yet felt intellectually superior to the people who watch Fox when it is he who did not comprehend. Personally I like or despise both sides on different subjects, but would very much appreciate a lander to Europa and more money to discovery. There is no reason for us to be spending billions of dollars on the SLS(rockets) ,when we can use the best rockets in the world from Space-X.

    • GT

      NASA has websites that answer questions like that, for every mission, if you’re curious. And no, it wasn’t either pointless or cost some huge fraction of the national budget. Science doesn’t have any specific goal – the point is that you *don’t* know when you’re exploring.

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  26. Suäve Wäve

    Charon?…forget that. If NASA really wants to do something, save your money up so that you can design a probe to land on Europa, or any other moon that we think might have flowing water on it.

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    • gt

      We’d have to bore through the ice surface of Europa, perhaps 10s of km, study a world we’ve never even seen (could be any landscape), bore back up through the ice, and communicate with a satellite that’s survived inside Jupiters radiation belts the entire time. As opposed to one flyby of Pluto on a hyperbolic velocity, when we basically don’t care about the trajectory as it passes. With surplus fuel. Early enough to change velocity for pluto for years. And the Jupiter flyby for NH was a flyby, not the descent into orbit (which itself requires fuel to mostly slow down, since Europa has very little gravity to capture a satellite, so we have to use even more energy.

      Besides, there’s a mission to flyby Europa already.

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      • Suäve Wäve

        So what? The task isn’t an issue for NASA; the real issue is the same problem that NASA has had for many of their ideas….budget constraints. I don’t care about flybys anymore, it’s not enough. There should be a probe on that moon, or any other moon that NASA has felt an idea to land something on.

  27. crash2parties

    This was easily the worst “science” writing I’ve seen in years. Maybe decades.

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    • Bill

      I think you’d have to go back to the Dark Ages to find an article or writing that was this grossly inaccurate on a well known scientific subject…

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  29. fzyphal

    Dear Clinton Hesler, apparently you are one of those complete and total morons I’ve heard so much about, who actually learned how to type. New Horizons is not a lander, it will not even be going into orbit, it’s a simple fly by mission.
    Tell me something, does Pluto orbit the Earth, or the Sun? Does the Sun
    orbit the Earth, or the moon? Is the Earth flat, or square?

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    • cotter

      You’re just confusing poor Hesler, the “science writer” (giggle, gafaw) for The West Side Story.

      Reply
  30. Artoo45

    Epic article fail. Don’t even get me started on the grammar . . .

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  31. JMAN91

    Land on Pluto? No we are not. Its doing a flyby then on to another outer solar system object a couple years after (if they find one).

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  32. Bill Calley

    Is the “author” of this article a moron or a sub-moron? I just can’t make up my mind. However, this article is so wrong on so many levels it simply boggles the mind…

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  33. YellowDog

    Clinto Hesler writes “The New Horizons is expected to land on Pluto…”

    Clinton, what sort of Plutonic weed have you been smoking? Check yo facs, bro.

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  34. William F. Hagen

    Dear poor misled readers: the New Horizons space craft is not going to land on Pluto, it is going to do a high speed flyby of the tower on Pluto, then jet into interstellar space and will most likely last longer than planet earth, and even the solar system, unless some low level Klingon warrior destroys it with a disruptor blast while on routine training missions.

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    • JMAN91

      They also want to do a flyby of a comet or another dwarf planet if they can find one.

      Reply

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