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NASA New Horizons Pluto

Flyover animation

17 Jul, 2015

NASA releases a flyover animation over part of Tombaugh Regio, the heart-shaped area of Pluto, and the Norgay Montes mountains, which are named for Tenzing Norgay, the sherpa who accompanied Edmund Hillary on the first successful ascent of Mt. Everest. The animation is created from images taken by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) on the New Horizons probe during the Pluto flyby on July 14, 2015. Using photographs taken from just 77,000 kilometers (48,000 miles) away from the surface, the resolution  is good enough that features as small as a kilometers across (0.5 miles) are visible.

Animated Flyover of Pluto’s Icy Mountain and Plains