Thursday, July 20, 2017


Article Written By: Kyle Tam


 To celebrate the two-year anniversary of New Horizons' epic flyby over Pluto, NASA has released a new video which puts the viewer aboard New Horizons on July 14, 2015 when the spacecraft zoomed within 12,550 kilometres (7,800 miles) of Pluto.
 This video begins above the craggy highlands southwest of the 1,000 kilometre-wide (620 miles) nitrogen-ice plain commonly known as Sputnik Planitia or the western half of Pluto's famous 'heart'.
"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," wrote NASA officials in their video description. "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."
 Another video was released giving viewers a flyover look of Charon, Pluto's largest moon.
Be sure to check out the full version of NASA's Pluto flyby video at:

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