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A New Horizons flyover of Pluto’s Tombaugh Region

Humans might not ever explore Pluto personally, but thanks to a fascinating video just released by NASA, we can at least see what flying over Pluto would look like.  This video was created from the beautiful high-resolution images we are receiving from the New Horizons spacecraft taken during the spacecraft’s flyby of Pluto on its way to the Kuiper Belt.  The flyby occurs over the Tombaugh Region, named in honor of  Clyde Tombaugh, an American who discovered Pluto in 1930. Not only that, some of Clyde Tombaugh’s ashes are also aboard the New Horizons spacecraft, making Clyde, though posthumously, the first human to travel to the outer regions of our solar system.

 

I can hardly wait to see the rest of the images New Horizons sends back to us. Because of the great distance between Earth and New Horizons it will take about 16 months for it to be transmitted and received. But with each batch of information we get, our picture and understanding on Pluto and its moons and the outer regions of our solar system will become clearer.

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