New Video Shows What It’s Like to Fly Through Space Toward Pluto

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NASA recently released an incredible video in color that gives viewers a sense of what it would be like to fly through space and slowly approach everyone’s favorite dwarf planet, Pluto. It’s as captivating as it is fascinating.

The Sacramento Bee says that the video is a compilation of over 100 images taken by the New Horizons spacecraft over a six month period after its nine year trip where it traveled over three billion miles. USA Today writes that the photos were originally in black and white, but scientists used colors captured from another Pluto spacecraft photographer called Ralph to lay over the detailed monochromatic photos.

The result is breathtaking, and along with the music NASA added to the video they titled “A Colorful ‘Landing’ on Pluto,” it becomes an emotional trip toward a (dwarf) planet that seemed unreachable a short time ago.

NASA described what visitors are seeing in the clip in an official statement, “The video offers a trip down onto the surface of Pluto — starting with a distant view of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon — and leading up to an eventual ride in for a ‘landing’ on the shoreline of Pluto’s informally named Sputnik Planitia.”