Nasa Has Created Flyby Videos Of Pluto and Charon, its Largest Moon

17 July, 2017, 20:33 | Author: Warren Cooper
  • Get a look at what the surface of Pluto and its moon Charon really look like

The new images reveal that Pluto has several layers to its global atmospheric haze, which according to Nasa, "creates a twilight effect that softly illuminates nightside terrain near sunset".

In July 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft sent home the first close-up pictures of Pluto and its moons - unbelievable imagery that inspired many to wonder what a flight over the distant worlds' icy terrain might be like.

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 zoomed camera shows the planet's icy plains and stunning mountain ranges, revealing its fantastic bladed terrain in further details exhibiting deep and broad pits.

Members of the New Horizons mission team put together the animation using data collected by the spacecraft, as well as elevation models of Pluto's surface.

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Sputnick, the dark, cratered terrain of Cthulhu Macula, the rugged and fractured highlands of Voyager Terra, the pits of Pioneer Terra and the bladed terrain of Tartarus Dorsa all feature. The probe first captured the images of a dwarf planet in July 2015, giving a new perspective of more that could be found on the icy and rocky planet in the solar system.

"The complexity of the Pluto system - from its geology to its satellite system to its atmosphere - has been beyond our wildest imagination", said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator from the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo. All the names of Pluto and Charon are informal and pull from science fiction and fantasy sources like "Star Trek" and "Lord of the Rings".

The scientists are still analysing and uncovering data that New Horizons recorded and sent home after the encounter.

The spacecraft will on January 1, 2019 will get closer to a Kuiper Belt object known as 2014 MU69, NASA said.

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