Life&Culture

New NASA video shows Pluto as you've never seen it before

New NASA video shows Pluto as you've never seen it before

According to New Horizons data released late previous year, "Pluto's Heart" may hold an exciting huge ocean of slushy water ice.

The scientists used the actual New Horizon data and the new advanced elevation models of Pluto planet together with its biggest moon, Charon, to produce stunning movies that gives spectacular new outlook of many unusual features that were discovery earlier.

The video starts just southwest of Sputnik Planitia - the huge plains of nitrogen ice that form part of Pluto's signature giant heart. The probe whizzed by within 7,750 miles of the dwarf planet's surface and snapped the first ever close-up images of Pluto and its weird moons.

The video shows everything from ice plains to mountain ranges, and was created using "data and digital elevation models" that NASA collected during New Horizons's fly by.

The videos offer an intimate look at the worlds we visited two years ago. It moves north to Voyager Terra, which are rugged highlands, and then sweeps over the pits and craters of Pioneer Terra.

To emphasize Pluto's topography, the dwarf planet's relief is exaggerated by a factor of two to three times, while the surface colors of Pluto and Charon also are enhanced in the video, NASA said.

The Charon flyover, meanwhile, surveys the canyon Serenity Chasma, before sweeping over Dorothy Gale crater and Mordor Macula, the dark polar hood of Charon. All feature names in the Pluto system are informal. "The flight then turns south, covering the northern terrain of Oz Terra before ending over the relatively flat equatorial plains of Vulcan Planum and the "moated mountains" of Clarke Montes", Nasa's officials wrote in the description of the video.

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.


  • North Korea Trade with China Rises Despite Sanctions

    North Korea Trade with China Rises Despite Sanctions

    North Korea threatened to rain down destruction on the USA if the United Nations imposes new sanctions on the regime. Those imports all came before February 18, an illustration of how China has enforced sanctions, Huang said.
    Truck Carrying Over Three Tonnes Of 'Slime Eels' Overturns On US Highway

    Truck Carrying Over Three Tonnes Of 'Slime Eels' Overturns On US Highway

    Photos of Randal's slime-covered sedan quickly spread on the internet after being tweeted by Oregon State Police . The eels were reportedly on their way to be shipped to Korea for "consumption", police said.
    FDA Votes In Favor Of Gene Therapy To Treat Childhood Leukemia

    FDA Votes In Favor Of Gene Therapy To Treat Childhood Leukemia

    Others are expected: Researchers and drug companies have been engaged in intense competition for decades to reach this milestone. The drug enables patients' own immune cells to recognize and kill the source of the cancer: a different immune cell gone awry.
  • Katrina Kaif's voice in Jagga Jasoos was dubbed

    Katrina Kaif's voice in Jagga Jasoos was dubbed

    First things first, let me stick my neck out and say it right at the onset - Jagga Jasoos is a brilliant film all the way. Additionally, reveal to us what are your perspectives about Jagga Jasoos day 2 film box office collections 13-14 Crores.
    American doctor will examine Charlie Gard

    American doctor will examine Charlie Gard

    AUL's president, lawyer Catherine Glenn Foster, has flown to the United Kingdom and is in court, live tweeting the proceedings . Mr Justice Francis has considered their claims at preliminary hearings in the Family Division of the High Court in London.
    Justice Dept. announces crackdown on opioid abuse by doctors

    Justice Dept. announces crackdown on opioid abuse by doctors

    Sessions cited the example of a group in MI , including six doctors, who billed Medicare for $164 million in false claims by prescribing unnecessary opioids.
  • Jaguar Reveal Sets Guinness World Record, Honda Preps YouTube Debut For Accord

    Jaguar Reveal Sets Guinness World Record, Honda Preps YouTube Debut For Accord

    The slim and wide rear lamps feature full LED technology and the design is again from flagship Jaguar sports auto . The new SUV gets a bold grille giving the vehicle more butch feel complemented by a pair of sweptback headlamp.
    Stocks notch new record on Fed hopes and weak economic data

    Stocks notch new record on Fed hopes and weak economic data

    The report showed another notable decrease in energy prices, which slumped by 1.6% in June after tumbling by 2.7% in May. The Fed's preferred measure of inflation, the personal consumption expenditures index, has also been slipping .
    Ai Weiwei says Liu Xiaobo's case China's 'shame'

    Ai Weiwei says Liu Xiaobo's case China's 'shame'

    The world leaders, however, are praising Liu and called on China to release his widow, Liu Xia, from house arrest. "When Mr. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, defended the country on Friday from criticism over Liu's treatment.
  • Second Person of Interest in Pennsylvania Murders Reportedly in Custody

    Second Person of Interest in Pennsylvania Murders Reportedly in Custody

    The multi-agency investigation into centered on a farmland property in Solebury Township owned by Antonio and Sandra Dinardo. The person with knowledge of the confession said one of the men was killed July 5 and the other three were killed July 7 .
    First Alert 5 Forecast: More Storms With Heavy Rain

    First Alert 5 Forecast: More Storms With Heavy Rain

    Friday for Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, Lancaster and York counties, according to the National Weather Service in State College. Mostly sunny skies are expected for the middle of the week, with the threat of scattered showers and thunderstorms around.
    NASA spacecraft sends back detailed pictures of Jupiter's raging, red storm

    NASA spacecraft sends back detailed pictures of Jupiter's raging, red storm

    NASA says the images of the the Great Red Spot were downlinked on Tuesday and posted to the mission's JunoCam website Wednesday. Imagine a storm so vast it could swallow the Earth and so powerful that it has swirled nonstop for 350 years.