The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have released a new video of Pluto by the help of its New Horizon spacecraft. The spacecraft made a close flyby the planet during July 2015 and took these gigantic images.
In this video, NASA has tried to show a landing scene on the surface of Pluto. Initially it starts with a distance view of Pluto and its distance moon Charon. Then gradually it gets closer towards its surface and ends on the surface of the shoreline of Pluto which is officially also known as ‘Sputnik Planitia’.
According to NASA, the movie is an amalgamation of a series of panchromatic images of Pluto. These are adjusted on a continuous basis to make the video runs smooth and seamless.
New Horizon spacecraft was equipped with Ralph color camera which is why the images taken were of low resolution and color but NASA changed the color through frames to give the actual look. This spacecraft was launched into the sky 19th January 2006 hence will mark its 11th anniversary on this week. New Horizon was launched through an Atlas V rocket from Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. On 14th July 2015, it went above Pluto with a height of 12,500 km from its ground (closest approach). During its six-weeks of passage, it took nearly 100 photos.
On 19th January, the team of the New Horizon went live on Facebook and discussed the historic close fly off the spacecraft over Pluto and to celebrate the 11th anniversary of it. They also discussed their next mission to get the close view of Kuiper belt. The live session was carried out by Jim Green, director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters, Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator at Southwest Research Institute and much more.