NASA's scientific conference in Texas
I've spent several hours watching videos of the Scientific conference held in Texas during the week of March 21 2016. I am amazed at the talent, skill and dedication it took to get us to Pluto/Charon. I particularly enjoy hearing Alan Stern speak and have a tremendous amount of respect for these men and women scientist.
I disagree with several of their interpretations of what we've found at the Pluto/Charon system.
Ten to fifteen years ago the info we had about Pluto/Charon was limited to about 20 to 30 pixels worth of light and shade, from that we began speculating, we created a model that matches our Earth/Moon collision scenario, we decided Pluto/Charon collided, we decided they were 4 billion years old, we decided we would find cryovolcanism and volcanoes, we decided we would find tectonic activity, we decided Pluto was a rocky core planet, we concluded the atmosphere was dissipating at a rate 1,000 time faster than it actually is. Once we arrived we began pushing those assumptions onto the landscape.
NASA scientist continue to support these suppositions, except for the rate of gas loss into and beyond Pluto's atmosphere.
The current scientific view is
I am a bit baffled by all this, I was hoping they would have adjusted some of their views during this conference but they continue to support these ideas and I continue to scratch my head in confusion.
Lets consider for a moment what we've explored and discovered (this is my best fit model of reality for Pluto/Charon).
I may have missed some things in this bullet list but since my original desire was to explore and discover, I feel I have accomplished this objective. I hope I can finally put Pluto/Charon to bed.
They keep drawing me back.
I hope you see Pluto/Charon like I do, its an amazing, beautiful, dynamic and mysterious system and IT'S ALIVE! IT'S ALIVE!
I love this place.