Soar Over Pluto and Charon in Dazzling New Horizons Anniversary Videos

James Marshall
July 17, 2017

The dramatic flyover begins over the highlands southwest of the great expanse of nitrogen ice plain named "Sputnik Planitia", NASA explains.

Want to know what Pluto's terrain looks like? Due to this discussion and the appearance of new data the International Astronomical Union (IAU) defined the term "planet" formally in 2006, during their 26th General Assembly resulting in the exclusion of Pluto which was then classified as a dwarf planet.

New Horizons' view of Pluto, as seen in a new NASA video released on July 14, 2017, the second anniversary of the probe's epic flyby of the dwarf planet.

First, New Horizons made an encounter with Jupiter on 2007.

As the tour moves north, the rugged and fractured highlands of Voyager Terra can be seen before we head over Pioneer Terra and the bladed terrain of Tartarus Dorsa, in the far east of the encounter hemisphere. It then turns north over Dorothy Gale Crater and the dark polar region known as Mordor Macula and subsequently veers south, flying over the plain known as Oz Terra, and ending over the planar region known as Vulcan Planum and Clark Montes, an area of mountains that appear to be surrounded by moats. Some astronomers believe there may be a mysterious Planet Nine in the outer reaches of the solar system, but its existence has not yet been confirmed. However, it is the largest dwarf planet and is mainly made of ice and rock.

It might not be a planet anymore, but Pluto is still a pretty interesting place.

Now, NASA scientists, using the New Horizons data and digital elevation models of Pluto and its largest moon Charon, have created flyover movies that reveal breath-taking new perspectives of the unusual features of the planet. The agency published maps of both the planet and the moon.

New Horizon has proven to be successful in the accomplishment of its unique goal.

Combined, the pre-positioned mobile telescopes captured more than 100,000 images of the occultation star that can be used to assess the environment around this Kuiper Belt object (KBO). Hopefully, it will get to pass an object called 2014 MU69 on January 1, 2019.

According to New Horizons data released late past year, "Pluto's Heart" may hold an exciting huge ocean of slushy water ice.

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