NASA releases New Horizons flyover video

NASA shows Pluto's icy surface in breath-taking video

The video then takes viewers into the light showing craters and mountainous terrain of Cthulhu Macula heading north into Voyager Terra and south over Pioneer Terra, which has deep, wide pits.

Nasa has just released a number of stunning photos and videos of Pluto and its largest moon Charon, taken by the New Horizons probe during its historic flyby in 2015.

Members of the New Horizons mission team put together the animation using data collected by the spacecraft, as well as elevation models of Pluto's surface.

Now, the American space agency has released a never-before-seen animation to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the flyby.

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

The latest video comes after the New Horizons mission brought back the images of the planet after its launch two years ago.

Charon has several great canyons which are 5 km to 10 km deep, the video featured one of the largest canyons of the planet named 'Serenity Chasma.' The view in the video shifts to the north by passing over the Dorothy Gale crater and Mordor Macula's polar hood.

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The topography on both videos are exaggerated by a factor of two to three to help emphasize the surface details.

They have a resolution of 985 feet (300 meters) per pixel and include data uncovered by scientists since the encounter.

New Horizons is now venturing deep into the Kuiper Belt, which is a region of icy bodies and dwarf planets like Pluto, according to NASA.

"The complexity of the Pluto system - from its geology to its satellite system to its atmosphere - has been beyond our wildest imagination", said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator from the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo.

The view itself is pretty spectacular, but it also gives us a newer, more unique perspective on Pluto's terrain.

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.

The spacecraft will on January 1, 2019 will get closer to a Kuiper Belt object known as 2014 MU69, NASA said.

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