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Looks like the lobes are less spherical than we thought.

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I spy a few craters!

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Is this setting off anyone else's facial detection circuitry?

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17 minutes ago, HebaruSan said:

Is this setting off anyone else's facial detection circuitry?

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NASA is hiding something from us.

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1 hour ago, NSEP said:

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NASA is hiding something from us

Yes, a new mixed-diameter upper stage.

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3 hours ago, DDE said:

Yes, a new mixed-diameter upper stage.

Without an engine, hmmmm maybe its a refueling depot.

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47 minutes ago, NSEP said:

Without an engine, hmmmm maybe its a refueling depot.

Or a bad case of budget cuts ;)

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So, they haven't become spherical due to the gases evaporation.

(Gravity is not guilty as well)

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I wonder if Methone might have formed similarly to Ultima?

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I'd guess that Ultima-Thule might be much older, as probably all KBOs a remnant from the early solar system, and considerably denser than Methone. Methone seems to be in a state of flow to maintain a smooth surface, while U-T may have icy parts (at the collar for example) as well as more rocky components. If Methone is formed from material from the ice rings it may just be a few 10s of millions of years old, the rings are assumed to be an ephemeral thing.

Just a guess ...

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Rumours have it that New Horizons found methanol ice on UT.

Before we split into one group who shouts "Fuel station !" and another "Distillery !"(*), this still needs a proper link ... :wink:

 

(*) ... always prepared to risk an eye ... that could be the place where i'll open my space pub. "Andorian Ale, local product" :cool: Epic headache made for the movies included.

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The methanol thing apparently originates from a slide show "Ultima Thule, Surface Composition" held during a NASA press briefing.

http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/News-Center/Press-Conferences/index.php?page=2019-03-18

Scroll down slide no. 7 by Dr. S. Protopapa. I find the name remarkable :-)

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