Washington, July 19: To mark, two years anniversary of its Pluto Mission, NASA has released a flyover video. NASA is giving us a new view of the distant dwarf planet. Through this video, we can actually fly over the Pluto! Go have your ‘Pluto’ tour, now.
Two years ago, NASA took its first close-up images of Pluto. Using actual images and data from the New Horizons craft, NASA created stunning videos of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon. The videos highlight Pluto's incredible surface features, complete with craters, mountains and canyons.
Pluto’s mission or ‘New Horizons’ mission was launched in 2006 for $700 million in an effort to study the dwarf planet in the far reaches of the solar system.
"Using actual New Horizons data and digital elevation models of Pluto and its largest moon Charon, mission scientists have created flyover movies that offer spectacular 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," NASA wrote.
The flyover begins above the highlands near the vast nitrogen ice plain of Sputnik Planitia. The video continues over mountains and pits before ending at the bladed terrain of Tartarus Dorsa, NASA added. The renderings of the planet were done by Paul Schenk and John Blackwell of the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston. The video comes just two years after NASA released a series of 1,200 images of the planet.
Pluto has proven difficult to study because of its distance from earth. It is 50,000 times fainter than Mars and orbits the sun once every 248 earth years.