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NASA's spectacular flyover video transports you to Pluto

NASA's spectacular flyover video transports you to Pluto

It's been two years since NASA's New Horizons spacecraft got up close and personal with dwarf planet Pluto.

NASA is celebrating the second anniversary of its New Horizons' historic Pluto flyby and to mark the occasion, it has released new maps of the planet and its moon Charon.

The another video released by NASA featured the largest moon of the Pluto named Charon, the video is flyover video of Charon that represents 1,200 km (750 miles) wide moon.

The dramatic movie starts from the highlands all the way to the southwest where there is a great nitrogen ice plain known as the Sputnik Planitia.

The New Horizons spacecraft collected more than 1,200 images of Pluto and tens of gigabits of data during its mission which NASA says its scientists are still analyzing. So if you're nostalgic for the summer of 2015, these videos will bring you right back to the Pluto system and make you feel like you're also an interplanetary spacecraft.




As a result, viewers are offered new, stunning perspectives of Pluto and Charon depicting unusual features discovered in New Horizons images over the past two years.

"The tour moves north past the rugged and fractured highlands of Voyager Terra and then turns southward over Pioneer Terra - which exhibits deep and wide pits - before concluding over the bladed terrain of Tartarus Dorsa in the far east of the encounter hemisphere", NASA said.

The new maps have revealed their complex terrain.

The Charon flyover, meanwhile, surveys the canyon Serenity Chasma, before sweeping over Dorothy Gale crater and Mordor Macula, the dark polar hood of Charon.

Now, New Horizons is way beyond Pluto, journeying to another object at edge of the Solar System. In both of them, topographic relief has been exaggerated by two to three times, and surface colors have been enhanced, to highlight topography and detail, NASA officials said.


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