Animated video of Pluto’s Moon, Charon created from NASA’s images

Animated video of Pluto’s Moon, Charon created from NASA’s images

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charoncharon [Image source: NASA]

This year has been hot for exploratory endeavors. We have found flowing water on Mars,  a GIANT black hole that literally laughs at the sun, and received some visual insight on the moons orbiting the furthest (dwarf) planet in our solar system.

We have NASA’s adventurous space probe, New Horizons to thank for all of the images that make up this animated trip orbiting the largest of Pluto’s five moons, Charon. The images are pretty spectacular as the flyover shoots images of about 1,100 miles above the surface and gets down to about 40 miles, hovering over its crater filled landscape. The probe captures even the 1,000 mile equatorial canyon system, which to give you some reference, is over 3x longer than the Grand Canyon.

Next up for New Horizons is the icy cosmos of Kuiper Belt, which is about at least a billion miles beyond Neptune’s orbit. The appropriately named explorer is a long way from home but is sending back some incredible footage that we couldn’t be more thankful for.

Source and Images: Nasa