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Mystery solved! Red patch on Pluto's largest moon Charon caused by trapped gas

Mystery solved! Red patch on Pluto's largest moon Charon caused by trapped gas

The US space agency NASA has released a high-resolution and enhanced color view of Pluto's largest moon, Charon which was captured by New Horizons spacecraft just before closest approach on July 14, 2015.

Check out - New Horizons’ top 10 discoveries at Pluto! (Watch video)

Check out - New Horizons’ top 10 discoveries at Pluto! (Watch video)

New Horizons, moving at speeds that would get it from New York to Los Angeles in about four minutes, pointing its cameras, spectrometers, and other sensors at the frozen world and its moons, captured hundreds of pictures and other science data that would forever change our view of the outer solar system.

Pluto may have liquid ocean under ice shell: Study

Pluto may have liquid ocean under ice shell: Study

When New Horizons buzzed by Pluto last year, it unveiled clues that the dwarf planet might have - or had at one time - a sub-surface liquid ocean.

New view from NASA's New Horizons - The jagged shores of Pluto’s highlands (Pic inside)

New view from NASA's New Horizons - The jagged shores of Pluto’s highlands (Pic inside)

NASA says the scene was created using three separate observations made by New Horizons in July 2015.

New Horizons' best close-up of Pluto's surface – Watch!

New Horizons' best close-up of Pluto's surface – Watch!

The images in the mosaic were obtained by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) instrument on board the NASA probe.

New data on Pluto's icy moon Hydra (Pic inside)

New data on Pluto's icy moon Hydra (Pic inside)

The new data, known as infrared spectra, shows the Hydra spectrum is similar to that of Pluto’s largest moon, Charon, which is also dominated by crystalline water ice.

New Horizons scientists find giant 'bite mark' on Pluto's surface!

New Horizons scientists find giant 'bite mark' on Pluto's surface!

Scientists discovered what looks like a giant 'bite mark' on the Pluto's surface. 

See pic: NASA's New Horizons captures image of Pluto's North Pole!

See pic: NASA's New Horizons captures image of Pluto's North Pole!

In another image beamed back to NASA, New Horizons gives us another proof of Pluto's diversity in terms of its geological and compositional features, this time in an enhanced color image of the north polar area.  

Pluto's moon Charon may have had subsurface ocean

Pluto's moon Charon may have had subsurface ocean

Images from New Horizons suggest Pluto's moon Charon may have had an ancient ocean.

See pic: Pluto's blue atmosphere in infrared wavelength

See pic: Pluto's blue atmosphere in infrared wavelength

The US space agency NASA recently released a first look of Pluto’s atmosphere in infrared wavelengths.

New Horizons anniversary: Ten years ago today, Pluto probe rocketed into sky

New Horizons anniversary: Ten years ago today, Pluto probe rocketed into sky

Ten years ago on this day, 19 January, 2006, the small probe - weighing barely 1,000 pounds - lifted off from Cape Canaveral.

Now in colour: Close-up pics of Pluto sent by New Horizons spacecraft

Now in colour: Close-up pics of Pluto sent by New Horizons spacecraft

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has released sharpest images ever of cratered, mountainous and glacial terrains on Pluto, now in colour.

New Horizons returns Pluto's sharpest images ever

New Horizons returns Pluto's sharpest images ever

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has returned the sharpest images ever of cratered, mountainous and glacial terrains on Pluto and the best close-ups of the mysterious system that humans may see for decades.

Incredible close-up image of wandering Kuiper Belt object from New Horizons' camera!

Incredible close-up image of wandering Kuiper Belt object from New Horizons' camera!

The Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) instrument on NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft captured four low-resolution images of 1994 JR1 object.

NASA's New Horizons returns full view of Pluto's stunning crescent

NASA's New Horizons returns full view of Pluto's stunning crescent

Scientists behind the New Horizons mission have processed the entire image to reveal a breathtaking full view of Pluto.  

New Horizons sends images of Pluto's tiny moon Kerberos

New Horizons sends images of Pluto's tiny moon Kerberos

According to NASA, Kerberos appears to be smaller than scientists expected and has a highly-reflective surface.

NASA probe unveils Pluto's striking surface variations

NASA probe unveils Pluto's striking surface variations

The colour images of Pluto obtained with New Horizon's Multi-spectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC) show a wide range of colours across Pluto's surface - from dark, red regions at the equator to brighter, bluer regions at higher latitudes.

New Horizons team reveals fascinating, mysterious Pluto findings in first science paper

New Horizons team reveals fascinating, mysterious Pluto findings in first science paper

The mission team revealed a degree of diversity and complexity in the Pluto system – from the planet's unusual heart-shaped region to its extended atmosphere and intriguing moons.

Watch: NASA releases best images of Pluto's largest moon, Charon

Watch: NASA releases best images of Pluto's largest moon, Charon

NASA has released the highest resolution images of Pluto`s largest moon, Charon.

See pic: Stunning image from New Horizons reveal 'arctic look' of Pluto

See pic: Stunning image from New Horizons reveal 'arctic look' of Pluto

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has delivered new images of Pluto revealing new details about the icy planet's majestic mountains, frozen plains and foggy hazes.