Pluto Has A Second Mountain Range That Looks Like Earth's Appalachians

It just keeps getting better

Mountains And Craters

NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

We were stunned last week when the Pluto flyby revealed that the dwarf planet has mountains that are up to 11,000 feet tall. Now it turns out they're not alone. Sixty-eight miles to the northwest of the Norgay Mountains, across the vast plains of Sputnik Planum, lies a second icy mountain range. These peaks are smaller, reaching up to about half a mile to a mile high--or about the height of the Appalachian Mountains. On the range's western side is a dark, heavily cratered terrain that scientists think must be older than the plains and mountains.

The image was taken from a distance of 48,000 miles during the July 14th flyby. It was just sent back to Earth yesterday.