Watch: New Horizons’ Extreme Close-Up of Pluto’s Surface
A new mosaic captured by the New Horizons spacecraft shows off the most detailed view of Pluto we may ever see in our lifetime.
The video extends across Pluto‘s hemisphere that faced the New Horizons spacecraft as it flew past on July 14, 2015. It includes all of the highest-resolution images taken by the NASA probe.
It shows the probe’s view as it moves down the mosaic from top to bottom, offering new views of many of Pluto’s distinct landscapes along the way.
Starting with hummocky, cratered uplands at top, the view crosses over parallel ridges of “washboard” terrain, chaotic and angular mountain ranges, cellular plains, coarsely “pitted” areas of sublimating nitrogen ice, zones of thin nitrogen ice draped over the topography below, and dark mountainous highlands scarred by deep pits.
“This new image product is just magnetic,” Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator, said in a statement.