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Pluto, the movie

Pluto, the movie

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Sunday, July 16, 2017/Categories: natural history, video, space science, art and design, environment, adventure

         New Horizons Kuiper Belt Flight Path (credit: Johns Hopkins University/NASA)

The New Horizons space probe cruised past Pluto in July 2015, capturing images of the dwarf planet during its entire fly-over. The spacecraft discovered mountains of solid water ice, nitrogen glaciers, potentially active volcanism, and an atmospher around Pluto. NASA has used the gathered data and digital elevation measurements to create a movie that was just released. The photo-animation offers remarkable perspectives of the many strange features on Pluto that the probe discovered.

The New Horizons is nearly a billion miles from Pluto on its mission to explore the Kuiper Belt . More strange things are likely to be seen in that far off and unknown region of the solar system.

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