NASA releases first video recording of Pluto
The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) recently released the first official video recording of distant dwarf planet Pluto and its largest moon Charon.
The video isn’t exactly HD as it was shot at just under two frames per second with a 256-by-256-pixel camera. NASA scientists recorded the video using its spacecraft New Horizons’ LEISA infrared imaging spectrometer.
The effort was the gather more information about Pluto; rather than producing a pretty HD movie. NASA admitted that it wasn’t high-quality video but stressed that it presented something that wasn’t seen by humans before.
In a blog post, the space agency wrote, “Just take a moment and imagine you were on board our little robotic emissary to the farthest worlds ever explored, watching Pluto come into view … Sure, it might not be in HD, but I promise that you've never seen anything like this before.”
The footage allowed New Horizons team to confirm the existence of water ice on Pluto’s surface as well as to discern that ammonia ice is present on Charon -- the dwarf planet’s largest moon.
NASA scientists are further analyzing the footage and other data gathered by the New Horizons spacecraft to learn more about Pluto and its moon Charon.
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