NASA releases stunning video that lets you flyby Pluto

Get a look at what the surface of Pluto and its moon Charon really look like

The scientists used the actual New Horizon data and the new advanced elevation models of Pluto planet together with its biggest moon, Charon, to produce stunning movies that gives spectacular new outlook of many unusual features that were discovery earlier.

The team behind the mission was "blown away by the incredible diversity of terrain on Pluto and just generally, the collection of phenomena we've observed throughout the Pluto system", project scientist Hal Weaver told CBS News a year ago.

Using data from the New Horizons spacecraft and digital elevation models of both the planet and its largest moon, Charon, scientists were able to develop these awesome flyover movies. The clips shared by NASA provide a glimpse of the complex terrain of Pluto.

The first video takes us over Pluto, beginning at the Sputnik Planitia, an expanse of nitrogen ice bordering the ominously named terrain of Cthulhu Macula. Visible to the right are blocky mountain ranges inside the plains.

NASA has created a stunning flyover video of Pluto, two years after the New Horizons mission sent its historic images of the planet back to Earth.

"The view moves north, passing over Dorothy Gale crater and the dark polar hood of Mordor Macula".




Now, the American space agency has released a never-before-seen animation to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the flyby.

To emphasize Pluto's topography, the dwarf planet's relief is exaggerated by a factor of two to three times, while the surface colors of Pluto and Charon also are enhanced in the video, NASA said.

"The complexity of the Pluto system-from its geology to its satellite system to its atmosphere-has been beyond our wildest imagination", said mission Principal Investigator Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI).

Among other things, New Horizons took pictures of Pluto's mountains and plains, capturing the dwarf planet's "heart", which according to Nasa, is "about the same distance as from Denver to Chicago".

"Everywhere we turn are new mysteries". The spacecraft's mission is set to continue with a look at a Kuiper Belt object called 2014 MU69 about 18 months from now.

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