In July 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft sent home the first close-up pictures of Pluto and its moons - wonderful imagery that inspired many to wonder what a flight over the distant worlds' icy terrain might be like. To celebrate the anniversary, scientists released detailed maps of both Pluto and Charon.More news: Gunnar Nelson Blames Eye Poke for Loss
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 spacecraft took nine-and-a-half years to get there.
The mosaic shows how Pluto's large-scale color patterns extend beyond the hemisphere facing New Horizons at closest approach, which were imaged at the highest resolution. So if you're nostalgic for the summer of 2015, these videos will bring you right back to the Pluto system and make you feel like you're also an interplanetary spacecraft. But you can relive the flyby with this new animation from NASA that takes you over Pluto's unique terrain. It moves north to Voyager Terra, which are rugged highlands, and then sweeps over the pits and craters of Pioneer Terra. "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. The probe first captured the images of a dwarf planet in July 2015, giving a new perspective of more that could be found on the icy and rocky planet in the solar system.