Imagine a Landing on Pluto
Explanation: Made from more than 100 New Horizons images taken over six weeks of approach and close flyby, this video offers a trip to Pluto — starting with a distant spacecraft’s-eye view of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, to an eventual ride in for a “landing” on the shoreline of Pluto’s informally named Sputnik Planum. The video shows what it would be like to ride aboard an approaching spacecraft and see Pluto grow from a “dot” to become a world, and then to swoop down over Pluto’s spectacular terrains. Pluto picture of the day is coming to an end, but New Horizons is not finished. Visit pluto.jhuapl.edu and nasa.gov/newhorizons for more information on the mission!
Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute