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US NewsMountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’

00:20  21 june  2019
00:20  21 june  2019 Source:   uk.news.yahoo.com

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Ahuna Mons, though, is like nothing that humanity has ever seen before . For one thing, its slopes are garnished not with old craters but young vertical streaks. The new hypothesis, based on numerous gravity measurements, holds that a bubble of mud rose from deep within the dwarf planet and pushed

Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’ The mountain is called Ahuna Mons (NASA)

Astronomers could hardly believe their eyes when they saw a 12,000ft mountain of ice rising from the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres in images sent back by NASA’s Dawn probe.

The mountain ‘is like nothing that humanity has ever seen before’, NASA said this week.

The mountain of ice (Ahuna Mons) is even, smooth, and steep-sided, and now scientists from the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) believe they know how it formed.

Basically, the mountain is a huge mud volcano, made of hot mud which burst through the surface at a weak point covered in reflective salt - then froze in the bitter cold of space.

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"Ahuna Mons is like nothing that humanity has ever seen before ," NASA wrote in a press release. "For one thing, its slopes are garnished not with old craters but young vertical streaks. "The new hypothesis [about its origins] holds that a bubble of mud rose from deep within the dwarf planet and

NASA have revealed surface pictures of an extraordinary mountain on the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres. The space agency said it " is like nothing that humanity has ever seen before ". Ceres is both a dwarf planet and the largest known asteroid on our Solar System, with a diameter of almost 600

When it was first discovered, Ceres was believed to be a ‘missing planet’ – but it’s now considered a dwarf planet alongside Pluto.

The Dawn spacecraft, driven by a Star Trek-style ion drive, orbited Ceres for the first time in 2015, capturing data which is now being analysed by scientists.

The researchers analysed measurements of the dwarf planet.

Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’ © Provided by Oath Inc. Ceres Dwarf planet isolated on black background. 3D render.

Wladimir Neumann of the DLR Institute of Planetary Research in Berlin-Adlershof and the University of Muenster said, ‘In this region, the interior of Ceres is not solid and rigid, but moving and at least partially fluid

‘This 'bubble' that formed in the mantle of Ceres beneath Ahuna Mons is a mixture of saline water and rock components.’

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Ahuna Mons, though, is like nothing that humanity has ever seen before . For one thing, its slopes are garnished not with old craters but young vertical streaks. The new hypothesis, based on numerous gravity measurements, holds that a bubble of mud rose from deep within the dwarf planet and pushed

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Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’
Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’
Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’
Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’
Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’
Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’
Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’
Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’
Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’
Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’
Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’
Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’
Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’
Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’
Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’
Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’
Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’
Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’
Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’
Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’
Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’
Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’
Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’
Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’
Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’
Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’
Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’
Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’
Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’
Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’
Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’
Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’
Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’
Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’
Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’
Mountain of ice on asteroid ‘is like nothing humanity has ever seen before’

The researchers write, ‘A bubble made of a mixture of salt water, mud and rock rose from within the dwarf planet.

‘The bubble pushed the ice-rich crust upwards, and at a structural weak point the muddy substance, comprising salts and hydrogenated silicates, was pushed to the surface, solidified in the cold of space, in the absence of any atmosphere, and piled up to form a mountain.

‘Ahuna Mons is an enormous mud volcano.’

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