Mankind reached an impressive milestone in mid-July when flew a spacecraft by Pluto and snapped the best pictures of the dwarf planet the world has ever seen. We’ve yet actually to send a human that far into outer space, but NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is still a wonderful accomplishment that we can now appreciate more than ever thanks to a new video.
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After a series of high-resolution photos showed Pluto better than any previous images could have, a short video now captures the entire New Horizons flyby mission. Bjorn Jonsson posted the clip on Vimeo after compiling many of the photos that New Horizons took as it approached and surpassed the planet.
Travelling at speeds of over 20,000 miles per hour, New Horizons needed 2 hours to approach, fly over, and surpass Pluto, Business Insider reports. Jonsson’s video compresses all that time to just 16 seconds, enough to experience the entire trip around the planet.
New Horizons’ revealing trip around Pluto brought scientists a lot more details about the planet and more data to comb through, but many questions are still left unanswered. The fastest spacecraft NASA ever built needed just two hours to circle Pluto, but it will need 16 more months to send out all the data it gathered from this special visit.
Meanwhile, you can watch this amazing 16-second video of Pluto in all its glory below.