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NASA releases Pluto virtual flyover animation

By T.K. Randall
September 19, 2015 · Comment icon 14 comments



New Horizons has returned dozens of impressive images of Pluto's surface. Image Credit: NASA
Images from New Horizons have been combined to show what it would look like to fly high over Pluto.
Created from photographs taken by New Horizons' Long Range Reconnaissance Imager, the impressive new virtual tour brings Pluto to life like never before.

The animation begins with a look at the Norgay Montes mountain range from low altitude before traveling north over the boundary between Pluto's Sputnik Planum and Cthulhu regions.

NASA scientists have frequently expressed their amazement at the sheer variety of terrain types that have been found on the dwarf planet so far and with large amounts of data still to be returned by New Horizons we are likely to be seeing Pluto's surface in a lot more detail over the coming months.



Source: Telegraph | Comments (14)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by ShadowBoy86x 7 years ago
Look pretty boring and predictable to me
Comment icon #6 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 7 years ago
Look pretty boring and predictable to me Funny that because it looks exciting and unpredictable to planetary scientists and astronomers. No disrespect but I know whose opinion on this I'm going to trust.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Frank Merton 7 years ago
Look pretty boring and predictable to me Well to each his own I guess, and then there are those who want to seem sophisticated but achieve only an appearance of not knowing what they are looking at.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Merc14 7 years ago
Look pretty boring and predictable to me If you' ever imagined what Pluto looked like then I can almost guarantee that you didn't imagine what New Horizons sent back.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Calibeliever 7 years ago
I have to say that getting to see actual photos of Pluto in my lifetime is amazing. I'm actually surprised at how emotional I am about this achievement. To younger people this accomplishment may seem blase but my generation only dreamed of seeing such things. I'm sorry some of you are unimpressed but I'm absolutely awestruck.
Comment icon #10 Posted by highdesert50 7 years ago
Remarkable video; perhaps just as remarkable is the realization that within one hundred years from discovery, we flew by with the ashes of the credited discoverer, Clyde Tombaugh.
Comment icon #11 Posted by JesseCuster 7 years ago
I have to say that getting to see actual photos of Pluto in my lifetime is amazing. I'm actually surprised at how emotional I am about this achievement. To younger people this accomplishment may seem blase but my generation only dreamed of seeing such things. I'm sorry some of you are unimpressed but I'm absolutely awestruck. Same here. I'm too young to remember Viking, but I remember when the first pictures from Pathfinder came back from Mars in 1996 and I was just gobstruck at the what we were seeing. Since then every new mission fills me with wonder - all the Martian rovers and orbiters (Cu... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by JesseCuster 7 years ago
Remarkable video; perhaps just as remarkable is the realization that within one hundred years from discovery, we flew by with the ashes of the credited discoverer, Clyde Tombaugh. I didn't know Tombaugh's ashes were put on New Horizons. That's pretty cool.
Comment icon #13 Posted by qxcontinuum 7 years ago
how come the icy portion does not show signs of impact with meteorites or craters like the other areas ? what if that ain't ice but snow ?
Comment icon #14 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 7 years ago
how come the icy portion does not show signs of impact with meteorites or craters like the other areas ? If you had been following this you would know that the relative lack of craters, not just in the polar region but over the entire surface of Pluto, is one of the great mysteries revealed by New Horizons. Pluto shows signs of recent or current geological activity at the surface. This requires a source of internal heat. What that source of heat is is not yet known. what if that ain't ice but snow ? If it is "snow" then it isn't water ice snow, the surface of Pluto is far too cold for that. It... [More]


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