NASA’s New Horizons mission took nearly a decade to reach Pluto and take flyby photos, but what it has found was worth the wait and nothing short of amazing. Pluto has vast planes of ice, mountain ranges, and a thin but active atmospheric chemistry. That's news on its own, but the new images that Horizons has captured could mean a lot more than knowing how the surface of Pluto looks aesthetically.
The rusty red color on Pluto has something to do with tholins, which are organic compounds that scientists believed can form on Pluto when UV light from the sun breakdown methane and nitrogen in the atmosphere that then rain down on the surface. They aren't necessarily living, but they are organic molecules that are a critical ancient ingredient to creating life.
It seems that the more we discover about space, the more questions that are uncovered for science to discover answers to. These building blocks of life can't be created in the Earth's atmosphere. Is it possible that they could have somehow made their way to Earth and life originated from the far reaches of space, instead of here on our planet?
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