NASA scientists create spectacular flyover video of Pluto's moon Charon

17 July, 2017, 20:35 | Author: Benny Bass
  • Get a look at what the surface of Pluto and its moon Charon really look like

The Pluto flyover starts in the darkened highlands southwest of an expanse of nitrogen ice plain called Sputnik Planitia.

Pluto's haze layer shows its blue color in this picture taken by the Ralph instrument on the New Horizons spacecraft.

"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".

In the description of the video, NASA officials wrote, "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".

Nasa has just released a number of stunning photos and videos of Pluto and its largest moon Charon, taken by the New Horizons probe during its historic flyby in 2015.

The new maps have revealed their complex terrain.

It next continues north over Voyager Terra, a region of rugged highlands, then dips south over an area known as Pioneer Terra that is dotted with deep, wide pits, before ending over the bladed or snakeskin terrain of Tartarus Dorsa in the east.

"The equally 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", said NASA.

The second flyover sends us to Pluto's largest moon Charon.

The digital recordings were done by Paul Schenk and John Blackwell from Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston. However, they are now finally available and Nasa has published the most striking images that show the "spectacular new perspectives" of the dwarf planet. After many decades being labeled the ninth planet in our Solar System, scientists reclassified Pluto about ten years ago, officially dubbing it a dwarf planet rather than a full-fledged one.

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