An incredible new video has just been released that was made thanks to the New Horizons spacecraft, and it is absolutely astonishing.
It is impossible to overstate just how incredible this new video from NASA is, which was created thanks to data from the New Horizons spacecraft as it cruised past the tiny former planet before blasting past it to the outer reaches of the solar system. It’s been two years since New Horizons flew past the dwarf planet, and NASA has published a video that depicts what it would be like to cruise over its mountains and valleys. The video is embedded at the bottom of this post.
“Using actual New Horizons data and digital elevation models of Pluto and its largest moon Charon, mission scientists have created flyover movies that offer spectacular new perspectives of the many unusual features that were discovered and which have reshaped our views of the Pluto system – from a vantage point even closer than the spacecraft itself,” the video description states.
“This dramatic Pluto flyover begins over the highlands to the southwest of the great expanse of nitrogen ice plain informally named Sputnik Planitia,” it continues. “The viewer first passes over the western margin of Sputnik, where it borders the dark, cratered terrain of Cthulhu Macula, with the blocky mountain ranges located within the plains seen on the right. The tour moves north past the rugged and fractured highlands of Voyager Terra and then turns southward over Pioneer Terra — which exhibits deep and wide pits — before concluding over the bladed terrain of Tartarus Dorsa in the far east of the encounter hemisphere.”