Recently, we got to check out the Huygens probe landing on Titan. Now, NASA is gracing us with another incredible video, this time giving all of us space nerds the chance to experience what it would be like to land on Pluto.
Given the fact that Pluto is anywhere from 2.7 billion to 4.7 billion miles away from Earth at any given time, nobody alive right now is ever going to be able to make that kind of journey. But the latest NASA video – which was created using 100 images obtained by the New Horizons spacecraft – is the next best thing.
Interestingly enough, the New Horizons probe was only able to take black-and-white images, so NASA scientists had to use their best guesses to determine what Pluto actually looks like. We’ll take their word for it.
In the video, Pluto is nothing more than a speck in the vastness of space, but the perspective slowly zooms in until we can see the rocky surface of the dwarf planet in surprising detail.
The clip ends with an intriguing detail: “New Horizons completes the first reconnaissance of all the classical planets… and is on its way to explore another even more distant world in 2019.”
That “distant world” is small object called 2014 MU69, situated 1 billion miles beyond Pluto in the Kuiper Belt, which is essentially a much larger and colder version of the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.