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Solar system: Pluto is again a harbinger

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New astronomical and laboratory data show that the abundances of the two dominant ices, nitrogen and methane, on the surfaces of the Solar System's two largest dwarf planets are surprisingly similar — raising fresh questions.

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  1. S. Alan Stern is in the Space Science and Engineering Division, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado 80302, USA.  alan@boulder.swri.edu

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