In the description of the video, NASA officials wrote, "The viewer first passes over the western margin of Sputnik, where it borders the dark, cratered terrain of Cthulhu Macula, with the blocky mountain ranges located within the plains seen on the right".
The two-minute video combines New Horizons data with digital models of Pluto's elevations and turns them into a visual experience that makes you feel like you're zipping along with the intrepid spacecraft. The videos were released Friday to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the spacecraft flying within 12,550 kilometers of Pluto.
The New Horizons spacecraft continues to send data back to Earth, from which composite maps such as this one of Pluto's largest moon, Charon, can be formed. The zoomed camera shows the planet's icy plains and stunning mountain ranges, revealing its wonderful bladed terrain in further details exhibiting deep and broad pits.
The video ends in the far east of the encounter hemisphere, an area called Tartarus Dorsa.
According to New Horizons data released late past year, "Pluto's Heart" may hold an exciting huge ocean of slushy water ice. Pluto's largest moon, Charon, is also dotted with craters and overlaid with expansive plains.
The topography on both videos are exaggerated by a factor of two to three to help emphasize the surface details. Pluto's giant, informally named Sputnik Planitia glacier - the left half of Pluto's signature "heart" feature - is at the center of this map.
"The complexity of the Pluto system-from its geology to its satellite system to its atmosphere-has been beyond our wildest imagination", said mission Principal Investigator Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI).
The dwarf planet Pluto is extremely cold and topographically dynamic, with water-ice mountains, moving glaciers of molecular nitrogen ice, and a massive moon.
"Everywhere we turn are new mysteries".
NASA's New Horizons mission has been instrumental in building knowledge about Pluto.
The spacecraft will on January 1, 2019 will get closer to a Kuiper Belt object known as 2014 MU69, NASA said.