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NASA celebrates anniversary of Pluto mission with stunning flyover movie

NASA celebrates anniversary of Pluto mission with stunning flyover movie

The scientists used the actual New Horizon data and the new advanced elevation models of Pluto planet together with its biggest moon, Charon, to produce stunning movies that gives spectacular new outlook of many odd features that were discovery earlier.

According to New Horizons data released late past year, "Pluto's Heart" may hold an exciting huge ocean of slushy water ice.

It's been two years since NASA's New Horizons spacecraft got up close and personal with dwarf planet Pluto. North is up; Pluto's equator roughly bisects the band of dark red terrains running across the lower third of the map.

The first video begins from the Sputnik Planitia, an expanse of nitrogen ice plain. The video then takes viewers into the light showing craters and mountainous terrain of Cthulhu Macula heading north into Voyager Terra and south over Pioneer Terra, which has deep, wide pits.

The Charon flyover starts above the hemisphere viewed by the probe during its closest approach before dipping into the wide, deep canyon of the region informally called Serenity Chasma.

The new maps of Pluto and Charon use the highest resolution images captured by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) and the Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC) to present global mosaics of both worlds.

The surface colors of Pluto and Charon also have been enhanced to bring out detail, NASA said.

"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).

Friday marked the two-year anniversary of New Horizons' fly-by of Pluto and its system. "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". Now that it has accomplished that part of its mission, it is currently en route to analyze a Kuiper Belt object, 2014 MU69, and is expected to arrive at its next destination on January 1, 2019.

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