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NASA Scientists Investigate Pluto's Hazy Atmosphere

By Editor 23 March 2017

Researchers investigating Pluto think they have determined how the dwarf planet gets it's red spots.According to scientists with NASA's New Horizons mission, the hazy atmosphere is filled with particles that settle onto the surface.In some areas, where the atmosphere has collapsed, the particles on the surface are exposed to more radiation from space that darkens them.The researchers used data from a flyby mission in 2015.Instruments onboard the New Horizons spacecraft found that the haze of particles reaches about 200 kilometers above the surface with 20 distinct layers.