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Scientists grow ice to support mission to Pluto

We grow lots of different kinds of ices with different temperatures, mixtures and at different phases. The fingerprint patterns of the samples ultimately will be used to match up images from the New Horizons spacecraft".Scientists know Pluto's surface is made up of nitrogen, methane and carbon monoxide but they want to learn more about how the materials behave at 390 degrees below zero."That's why we're making samples in the NAU lab where we can study their properties, probing them with a variety of analytical instruments," said Will Grundy, a New Horizons co-investigator and head of the mission's surface composition science team.

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