Alishba Rahil Butt
School: Pristine Private School
The largest one of the five satellites of Pluto, Charon, discovered in 1978 at the United States Naval Observatory in Washington D.C. by astronomer James Christy. The name Charon came from the inspiration of a mythological ferryman who was familiar with transferring souls across Acheron, a mythical river, which was one of the five that has encircled Pluto's underworld. In addition to that, the name was also based on Christy’s wife’s name Charlene. Personally, I would want to invest my time in studying further about Charon, considering its truly exotic landscape covered with mountains, canyons, landslides, surface-color variations and more.
Having half the diameter of Pluto, and one eighth of its mass, Charon is quite colossal in comparison to its parent body. With its gravitational influence formed in such a way that the barycenter reposes outside of the plutonian system such that it appears to be tidally sealed together as they orbit. Astonishingly, wouldn’t want to learn more about it?
On the contrary, it is unclear that on Charon there might have been a potential ocean that may have harbored these elements or was present for sufficient time to lead to establishment of life.
Thus, in regard to the information share, sending an aircraft on Charon would turn out to be a brilliant notion as we could endeavor searching for the fractures and peering for the water to get liquified. Therefore, making the moon ten times more fascinating. Summing up, unless we send an aircraft on Charon we will forever be unsure of this hypothesis."