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David Bowie song change to "Is there life on Pluto"?

Images of Pluto and Charon continue to captivate Nasa: 'This world is alive'
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2...-horizons-data

New Horizons: Probe captures Pluto's blue hazes
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-34481347

"This new view comes from the Ralph colour camera system. Again, it is taken with Pluto backlit.
Like Earth, the dwarf has a predominantly nitrogen atmosphere (albeit much more sparse).

But it is the interaction of this nitrogen with the Sun's ultraviolet light, in presence of another atmospheric constituent,
methane, that is able to create the chunky haze particles."That striking blue tint tells us about the size and composition
of the haze particles," said New Horizons team member Carly Howett from the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Boulder, Colorado.
"A blue sky often results from scattering of sunlight by very small particles. On Earth, those particles are very tiny nitrogen molecules.
On Pluto they appear to be larger - but still relatively small - soot-like particles we call tholins."


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