This will send the creationists into a frenzy. The NASA website has this news: New Horizons Finds Blue Skies and Water Ice on Pluto. Here are a few excerpts:
The first color images of Pluto’s atmospheric hazes, returned by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft last week, reveal that the hazes are blue. “Who would have expected a blue sky in the Kuiper Belt? It’s gorgeous,” said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), Boulder, Colorado.
But that’s only half of the news:
In a second significant finding, New Horizons has detected numerous small, exposed regions of water ice on Pluto. The discovery was made from data collected by the Ralph spectral composition mapper on New Horizons.
Egad! First, NASA announced water on Mars. Now on Pluto. When will this nightmare end? Let’s read on:
“Large expanses of Pluto don’t show exposed water ice,” said science team member Jason Cook, of SwRI, “because it’s apparently masked by other, more volatile ices across most of the planet. Understanding why water appears exactly where it does, and not in other places, is a challenge that we are digging into.”
Large expanses of Earth don’t show water ice either. One more excerpt:
A curious aspect of the detection is that the areas showing the most obvious water ice spectral signatures correspond to areas that are bright red in recently released color images. “I’m surprised that this water ice is so red,” says Silvia Protopapa, a science team member from the University of Maryland, College Park. “We don’t yet understand the relationship between water ice and the reddish tholin colorants on Pluto’s surface.”
What will the creationists do? There’s water on Mars and on Pluto. And there’s water on Jupiter’s moon Europa and Saturn’s moon Enceladus. Oh, we know — they’ll say it’s evidence that the universe is young. Or maybe it has some connection with Noah’s Flood. They’ll think of something. They always do.
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