NASA videos take you on a personal tour of Pluto

Nettie James
July 18, 2017

The two-minute video combines New Horizons data with digital models of Pluto's elevations and turns them into a visual experience that makes you feel like you're zipping along with the intrepid spacecraft.

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 previous year.

NASA has released videos that take data from the New Horizons probe and render what both Pluto and its largest moon Charon look like.

The New Horizons probe remains on an extended mission into the Kuiper Belt, a distant region made up of icy celestial bodies, including dwarf planets like Pluto and comets. The flyover shows the cratered terrain of Cthulhu Macula, with the blocky mountain ranges located within the plains seen on the right. The video concludes over "the bladed terrain of Tartarus Dorsa in the far east of the encounter hemisphere".

The global space agency NASA has launched two wonderful videos capturing the first ever close up the Pluto which is considered as the dwarf planet of our solar system according to the space agency.

"The exciting flight over Charon begins high over the hemisphere New Horizons saw on its closest approach, then descends over the deep, wide canyon of Serenity Chasma", NASA said on YouTube.

The space agency also a number of released detailed maps and illustrations of Pluto and its largest moon, such as this one showing possible "snowcaps" of frozen methane on mountain peaks. Pluto's giant, informally named Sputnik Planitia glacier - the left half of Pluto's signature "heart" feature - is at the center of this map.

"I think the most surprising thing [to come out of New Horizons] is how complex that little planet is", the mission's principal investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Institute in Colorado, told Space.com on the flyby's two-year anniversary. "These new maps from the landmark exploration of Pluto by NASA's New Horizons mission in 2015 will help unravel these mysteries and are for everyone to enjoy".

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