The interior and orbital evolution of Charon as preserved in its geologic record

@inproceedings{Rhoden2015TheIA,
  title={The interior and orbital evolution of Charon as preserved in its geologic record},
  author={Alyssa R. Rhoden and Wade Henning and Terry A. Hurford and Douglas P. Hamilton},
  year={2015}
}
Pluto and its largest satellite, Charon, currently orbit in a mutually synchronous state; both bodies continuously show the same face to one another. This orbital configuration is a natural end-state for bodies that have undergone tidal dissipation. In order to achieve this state, both bodies would have experienced tidal heating and stress, with the extent of tidal activity controlled by the orbital evolution of Pluto and Charon and by the interior structure and rheology of each body. As the… CONTINUE READING