Friday, 31 July 2015

Pluto team name features after Doctor Who

Pluto and Tardis
 Four images from New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) were combined with colour data from the Ralph instrument to create this enhanced colour global view of Pluto, with the TARDIS then added. Pluto Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

A large dark region on the moon, Charon, has been dubbed Gallifrey Macula, after the Doctor’s fictional home planet. And a neighbouring rift is now called Tardis Chasma by the team that sent their robotic probe flying past Pluto on 14 July 

Now read how one astronomer announced a major cosmic discovery by writing a Doctor Who story!

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