The video has been created using data and and digital elevation models captured by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, during a flyby in July 2015. It is breathtaking showing in great details the Mountainous landscape as we as icy plains.
“This dramatic Pluto flyover begins over the highlands to the southwest of the great expanse of nitrogen ice plain informally named Sputnik Planitia,” NASA explained.
“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.
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft sent home the first close-up pictures of Pluto in 2015
“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.”
The video is from a vantage point even closer than the spacecraft itself, offering spectacular new perspectives of the many unusual features that were discovered.
The colours and topography of the planet have been enhanced to bring out detail
Pluto is thought to be made of mostly ice, with a small rocky core which might contain some metals
The amazing imagery inspired many to wonder what a flight over the distant worlds’ icy terrain might be like