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"As we acquire more knowledge, things do not become
more understandable, but more mysterious." ALBERT SCHWEITZER
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)
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Pluto, god of the dead in
Roman mythology,
kept an extraordinary secret

An unusual geometric structure that moved away diametrically
from what can be considered a topographic accident




Ode to silence. Silent Eloquence. Not even the deaf sound of the nuclear motor of the “New Frontiers” probe tears through the starry night, the emptiness impedes the transmitting of what on Earth would seem like a huge captive bee in the sophisticated mechanism. Without previous warning, Pluto and its synchronous moon Caronte rise up round, indomitable, mountainous, brave. Hercules’ columns of the Solar System. Only one “year” ago British troops, captained by Howe took over Philadelphia in the North American War of Independence. Almost a plutonian year, of course. On the 8th of January in 2015, 238 earthly cycles later and after a days run of 6,400 million kilometers (3976 miles), the troops from the Blue Planet took the star discovered in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh. The planet was baptized after Venetia Phair -a student from Oxford-, in the Percival Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, authentic father of the creature. Pluto surrendered without firing a single shot, and was conquered transforming into electricity the heat radiated by ten kilos (22 lbs.) of plutonium. Times change. Pluto, plutonium, of course. They took out the option of using uranium 238 because it didn’t rhyme, we suppose.  

But none of them, not even the clairvoyant astronomer Percival Lowel, P.L.uton, exactly, could even dream of what Pluto had in store… Lowel predicted the existence of Planet X according to the anomalous orbit of its older brothers, Uranus and Neptune. This small frozen body, this strange pariah, expulsed from the select club of satellites of the eighth planet, thrown out of the Kuiper Belt by the short term comets, kept one of the most fabulous mysteries in the history of science. As well as Caronte, the S/2005 P1 and S/2005 P2 moons were going to be witnesses to a spectacular discovery. Sedna, the tenth body of the solar system, did the job of the silent notary even though he held from there a pale blue…

 The probe reached its destination with the unmistakable help of the Roman and Greek gods; Atlas (The potent rocket that propelled its take-off) and Jupiter (planet whose powerful gravity impelled the probe in a huge galactic billiard game) until reaching 49,000 kms/hour. (30447 miles/hour). It all happened when the cameras -somewhat antique- and the spectrographs–also from the beginning of the century- began to earn a salary penetrating, without previewed resistance, the faint methane atmosphere. We are talking about an atmosphere that “falls” frozen on the plutonian surface in, what we imagine to be, a beautiful show; this only happens once every two centuries when the planet (?) gets even farther from the Sun, behind its aphelion. At this time its 233 degrees centigrade (451 Fahrenheit) on average gets closer to absolute zero, when even the electrons stay quiet.  

“I’ve seen Deuterium atoms crash at the speed of light, I’ve seen appear and disappear the sixth form of material…. I’ve seen some amazing things, but never something so surprising. The day had to come and we’ve had the luck of living to see it…

...No physical phenomenon is capable of generating this type of three-dimensional structure… […]

From 30 AU (Astronomic units, the Earth is 1 AU away from the Sun) to 50 AU the temperature descends even more if it can. But, in spite of “New Frontiers” being in its take-off the fastest craft in the history of space travel, it didn’t arrive on time. But this didn’t imply that the show wasn’t guaranteed. Its objective was to study the star, its characteristics, and create temperature, topographic, and geologic maps… It was then that… the surprise came!! Orbiting only 8,500 kilometers (5281 miles) from its surface, the instruments focused on the dark equatorial region of Pluto, towards the frozen surface formed by 98% Nitrogen, solid methane and what appeared to be carbon monoxide… definitely detecting something… 

…worrying: An unusual geometric structure that got diametrically further away from what could be considered a topographical accident!!! That wasn’t precisely a crater, or a valley, or a basin, or an elevation, or a random rocky formation…!!! It had the unmistakable mark of intelligence!! To many scientists and fans what came to mind was the “face” or the “pyramids” of Mars in the Cydonia Mensae, ten times as big as the ones in Egypt, in this case probably formed by fluvial and /or wind erosion. But this was different. VERY different…The structure, clearly artificial, had a diameter of approximately 6 kilometers (3.73 miles) and a height of about 350 meters (1148 feet), constructed with unknown materials. They were three gigantic inscribed hexagons built up into a hugely high flat surface, flanked by two glacial tongues, presumably formed by solid alkane. Its surface occupied an extension of about 2,800 hectares, more than two thousand times the size of the biggest public building in the world, the Pentagon. What? Who? Why? These are the questions that we all ask. Some scientists remembered then the colossal hexagonal vertex found on Saturn in March 2007 by the probe Casinni, the size of four earths. That had nothing to do with the size and origin, that one was clearly natural and this one surprisingly artificial. The only thing that united both structures was their geometric shape, separating the rest of the other characteristics

Hexágono Saturno
Hexágono Plutón

Jan Otvovice Lee, from the Department of Astrophysics in the University of Prague, underneath her messy hair and sharp look, didn’t believe it: “I’ve seen Deuterium atoms crash at the speed of light, I’ve seen appear and disappear the sixth form of material…. I’ve seen some amazing things, but never something so surprising. The day had to come and we’ve had the luck of living to see it…[…] No physical phenomenon is capable of generating this type of three-dimensional structure… […] …the shape of the hexagon in the honeycombs of bees implies the optimization of materials in relation to space but, except for the vortex of Saturn, never with this geometric disposition or anything less, in such conditions and… on another planet! […] I think that all of the international scientific community will take this discovery as irrefutable proof of what we are all thinking. The alternative hypothesis, human technology in a secret form, I think is totally ruled out, judging by what we see on Pluto.”