Space & Astronomy
NASA releases Pluto virtual flyover animation
By T.K. Randall
September 19, 2015 · 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.
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