Merged Bodies

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Merged Bodies
Release Date: November 9, 2015
Keywords: Hydra, Kerberos, LORRI, Nix, Ralph, Styx
New Horizons data indicates that at least two (and possibly all four) of Pluto's small moons may be the result of mergers between still smaller moons. If this discovery is borne out with further analysis, it could provide important new clues to the formation of the Pluto system.

Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute
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