It has been two years since our New Horizons spacecraft completed the historic #PlutoFlyby. Billions of miles from Earth (yes…billions!), the spacecraft is now on its way deeper into the Kuiper Belt – a disc-shaped region of icy bodies and comets beyond the orbit of Neptune.
In July 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft sent home the first close-up pictures of Pluto and its moons – amazing imagery that inspired many to wonder what a flight over the distant worlds’ icy terrain might be like. Wonder no more! Using actual spacecraft data and digital elevation models of Pluto and its largest moon Charon, mission scientits have created flyover movies that offer new perspectives of the many unusual features that were discovered and which have reshaped our views of the Pluto system – from a vantage point even closer than the spacecraft itself!
Take a ride with us over these celestial bodies…
Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/Paul Schenk and John Blackwell, Lunar Planetary Institute
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