Flyover Video Reveals Pluto’s Bizarre Terrain


A new video using images from the NASA New Horizons spacecraft gives an experience what it would be like to fly over the rocky mass. The spacecraft took over 100 images over the course of six weeks, including its closest flyby during summer 2015.

To make the images appear like a seamless video, the mission’s scientists used data and elevation models to create additional frames. Surface colors were then enhanced to bring out detail. The resulting video shows the dwarf planet’s mountains and canyons as well as nearby moon Charon.

According to a press release, the data collected to create the visualizations represent the most detailed and comprehensive view of Pluto and Charon to date.

Following the Pluto flyby, the New Horizons spacecraft flew deeper into the Kuiper Belt to an object known as 2014 MU69. It’s considered one of the solar system’s building blocks, and the craft is expected to reach the region by January 2019.


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