Imagine a Landing on Pluto

Explanation: Made from more than 100 New Horizons images taken over six weeks of approach and close flyby, this video offers a trip in to Pluto — starting with a distant spacecraft's-eye view of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, to an eventual ride in for a "landing" on the shoreline of Pluto's informally named Sputnik Planum. The video shows what it would be like to ride aboard an approaching spacecraft and see Pluto grow from a "dot" to become a world, and then to swoop down over Pluto's spectacular terrains. Pluto picture of the day is coming to an end, but New Horizons is not finished. Visit and for more information on the mission!


Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute