Pluto, including a heart-shaped region on its surface, is pictured in this image from the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) aboard NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, taken on July 13, 2015, when the spacecraft was 476,000 miles (768,000 kilometers) from the surface.
In July 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft sent home the first close-up pictures of Pluto and its moons - awesome imagery that inspired many to wonder what a flight over the distant worlds' icy terrain might be like.
"This dramatic Pluto flyover begins over the highlands to the southwest of the great expanse of nitrogen ice plain informally named Sputnik Planitia", Nasa said in a statement, describing New Horizons' journey.Читайте также: Pound rides high as data hits hopes of USA rate rise
According to New Horizons data released late past year, "Pluto's Heart" may hold an exciting huge ocean of slushy water ice.
Both flyovers depict only the encounter hemispheres observed by New Horizons in high resolution.
"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 officials wrote in a video description. In both of them, topographic relief has been exaggerated by two to three times, and surface colors have been enhanced, to highlight topography and detail, NASA officials said. The data may be two years-old but it still offers scientists a multitude of treasures to discover.
New Horizons has moved on from Pluto and is now flying deeper into the Kuiper Belt, a vast area filled with icy bodies out beyond Neptune's orbit. "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".При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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