NASA's New Horizons Scientists Imagine a Landing on Pluto
Imagine a future spacecraft following New Horizons' path to Pluto, but instead of flying past its target, the next visitor touches down. Made from over 100 New Horizons images taken over six weeks of approach and close flyby, this new video produced by New Horizons scientists offers a 'trip' to Pluto. It starts with a distant spacecraft's view of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon - closing the distance day by day - with a 'landing' on the shoreline of Pluto's frozen plains. "Just over a year ago, Pluto was just a dot in the distance," said New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, CO. "This video shows what it would be like to ride aboard an approaching spacecraft and see Pluto grow to become a world, and then to swoop down over its spectacular terrains as if we were approaching some future landing."