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Charon's Cracks Formed During Ancient Near-Misses With Other Worlds
Ever since the gargantuan cracks on Pluto’s moon Charon were first spotted, astronomers have been baffled as to what may have formed them, with explanations ranging from giant impacts to an active, hot mantle. A new paper, due to be published in the journal , has come up with an alternative, and arguably more compelling, explanation: Based on a series of computer simulations, it appears that a long history of near-misses by other massive objects, and not plate tectonics, may be responsible for...
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