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Flyover of Pluto's majestic mountains and icy plains

17 July 2017, 04:51 | Bernard Bryant

NASA video shows Pluto's mountains and plains, and it's pretty amazing

Get a look at what the surface of Pluto and its moon Charon really look like

NASA has revealed a video of its New Horizons mission to Pluto, composed of the myriad of images secured during its 2015 flyby. This video begins over the hemisphere New Horizons saw at its closest approach. That way, Earthlings can have an idea of how Pluto looks like and some other interesting things about this world. Pluto's giant, informally named Sputnik Planitia glacier - the left half of Pluto's signature "heart" feature - is at the center of this map.

Both flyovers depict only the encounter hemispheres observed by New Horizons in high resolution.

A never-before-seen fly-by video of Pluto has been released by NASA using compiled data from the nearly $900m New Horizons mission. The video then takes viewers into the light showing craters and mountainous terrain of Cthulhu Macula heading north into Voyager Terra and south over Pioneer Terra, which has deep, wide pits.

The mapping and rendering were done by Paul Schenk and John Blackwell of the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston.

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Formed in 1958, NASA is one of the preeminent space agencies now in operation, is the only organization to land astronauts on the surface of the Moon, to carry out extended missions on the planet Mars and more.

The flyby by New Horizons - which is now approaching the edge of the galaxy - also revealed that the dwarf planet is slightly larger than scientists originally thought. "Fortunately, now we know how to do that and what new instruments to bring to bear". "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", Stern added. Little is known about the Kuiper Belt since its existence was predicted by Dutch-American astronomer Gerard Kuiper in 1973, and New Horizons is expected to go far into the region, at least a billion miles beyond the orbit of Neptune, the planet furthest from the Sun in the solar system. New Horizons Probe went deeper into the Kuiper Belt, a huge area containing "objects", a lot of them are rocky and are completely frozen. 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.

On July 17, the Hubble Space Telescope also will check for debris around MU69, while team members set up another groundbased "fence line" of small mobile telescopes along the predicted ground track of the occultation shadow in southern Argentina to try to better constrain, or even determine, the size of MU69.



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