Flyover of Pluto's majestic mountains and icy plains


You can relive New Horizons' epic Pluto flyby, thanks to two awesome videos NASA released Friday (July 14), the two-year anniversary of the landmark event.

The video shows everything from ice plains to mountain ranges, and was created using "data and digital elevation models" that NASA collected during New Horizons's fly by.

Pluto's haze layer shows its blue color in this picture taken by the Ralph instrument on the New Horizons spacecraft.

To emphasize both worlds' topography, topographic relief is enhanced two or three times in the videos.

The global space agency NASA has launched two fantastic videos capturing the first ever close up the Pluto which is considered as the dwarf planet of our solar system according to the space agency.

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In the description of the video, NASA officials wrote, "The viewer first passes over the western margin of Sputnik, where it borders the dark, cratered terrain of Cthulhu Macula, with the blocky mountain ranges located within the plains seen on the right".

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

Both flyovers depict only the encounter hemispheres observed by New Horizons in high resolution. But you can relive the flyby with this new animation from NASA that takes you over Pluto's unique terrain. The data may be two years-old but it still offers scientists a multitude of treasures to discover.

"The complexity of the Pluto system-from its geology to its satellite system to its atmosphere-has been beyond our wildest imagination", said mission Principal Investigator Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI).

The view itself is pretty spectacular, but it also gives us a newer, more unique perspective on Pluto's terrain. "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".