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Nitrogen ice plains and alien mountain ranges: NASA releases Pluto flyover

Nitrogen ice plains and alien mountain ranges: NASA releases Pluto flyover

NASA has released a startling flyover video during their annual celebrations of Pluto probe.

A never-before-seen fly-by video of Pluto has been released by NASA using compiled data from the nearly $900m New Horizons mission.

The videos were made using actual spacecraft data and digital elevation models of both Pluto and Charon to simulate fly overs of both worlds from vantage points closer than those actually traversed by the spacecraft.

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I love how the skin tones all stand out, and everyone's in the outfits we're more or less familiar with if you look closely. The thrilling video includes shots of Mark Hamill , the late Carrie Fisher and Daisy Ridley , among other stars.

"This dramatic Pluto flyover begins over the highlands to the south-west of the great expanse of nitrogen ice plain informally named Sputnik Planitia", said NASA.

As the flyover goes north, Pluto unveils the Voyager Terra, which is a system of rugged and fractured mountains. It provided detailed images of Charon, the largest of Pluto's five moons, which has a reddish coloring and a dark area near the moon's north pole-which was dubbed Mordor, after the dark region in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.

The equally exciting flight over Charon begins high over the hemisphere New Horizons saw on its closest approach, then descends over the deep, wide canyon of Serenity Chasma.

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This video offers a thrilling experience of the Dorothy Gale crater before concluding at the "moated mountains" of Clarke Montes. Colors of surface features are also enhanced to highlight a high level of detail. The data may be two years-old but it still offers scientists a multitude of treasures to discover.

"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). "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".

The spacecraft is now 5.7 billion km from Earth, venturing deeper into the distant, mysterious Kuiper Belt to reach its next target. The spacecraft will zoom past a Kuiper Belt object known as 2014 MU69 in January 2019.

U.S. tries to impose on United Nations harsh sanctions resolution, North Korea says
Instead, the US should harness China's desire to expand territorially to solve the problem of the North Korean rogue state. It has been reported that the U.S. has proposed a new draft UNSC resolution for further sanctions on North Korea to China.

The new images reveal that Pluto has several layers to its global atmospheric haze, which according to Nasa, "creates a twilight effect that softly illuminates nightside terrain near sunset".


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