Illustration of New Horizon and Charon

Sameera Parveen

Grade: 6

School: New Middle East International School

City: Riyadh

Topic: Charon

"Pluto is a dwarf planet that has been eliminated by the planets of the solar system. This is because, the size of the Pluto is very small as compared to other planets and it is way too far than other planets in our solar system. The largest moon of this planet is Charon. Moons are the natural satellite of a planet. I chose this planet because we all know pretty well about other planets of our solar system like Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

Since 2008, Pluto has been removed from the solar system; our thirst to find about it has grown since then. What is this planet? How does its moon works let us find out? Moon of the Earth is much smaller than the size of the Earth, and most of the moons of the solar system are less than half of the size of their planet. But this moon unlike other planets is more than half the size of Pluto.


The surface of the Charon is mostly covered with water ice. Water is made up of hydrogen and oxygen, this means that Pluto has good amount of these gases. Due to lack of sunlight and cold atmosphere, the water molecules must have transformed into ice. Research explains that moons are more natural have unequal and steep cliffs. I would like to send a robotic aircraft and would like to study that what is the gas behind the neutral grey colour of Charon.

Earth’s core is hot and metals like aluminum, petroleum and coal are found. Similarly, some metals or rocks must make the core of this moon which could help the human beings in some way. Organic materials that humans need these days are found on this moon. I would say that this moon has mostly all the parameters for perfect living but the only problem it is too distant from the Sun and thus cold environment prevails.

The moon of the Earth revolves from west to east including other moons of planets of the solar system but this moon is exceptional. It revolves from east to west and this type of orbit is called retrograde orbit. If the robotic satellite revolves in this path we will know more about the surface of the moon, mysterious rocks, temperature, day and night, Changing patterns of seasons, water availability."

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