What is Pluto made of?

Pluto is thought to be made of mostly ice. It probably also has a small rocky core which might contain some metals. The ice on the surface of Pluto is made of frozen nitrogen, methane and carbon monoxide. The ice covering Pluto reflects a lot of sunlight making it appear brighter than it would if it had been covered with a darker rocky material.


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Learn about IRAS, the first infrared telescope launched into Earth's orbit!