Post Reply What would it be like to actually land on Pluto?
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What would it be like to actually land on Pluto? This movie was made from more than 100 images taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft over six weeks of approach and close flyby in the summer of 2015. 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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmqDpuDLVYw

To create a movie that makes viewers feel as if they’re diving into Pluto, mission scientists had to interpolate some of the panchromatic (black and white) frames based on what they know Pluto looks like to make it as smooth and seamless as possible. Low-resolution color from the Ralph color camera aboard New Horizons was then draped over the frames to give the best available, actual color simulation of what it would look like to descend from high altitude to Pluto’s surface.

After a 9.5-year voyage covering more than three billion miles, New Horizons flew through the Pluto system on July 14, 2015, coming within 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometers) of Pluto. Carrying powerful telescopic cameras that could spot features smaller than a football field, New Horizons sent back hundreds of images of Pluto and its moons that show how dynamic and fascinating their surfaces are. Credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

The original black-and-white “landing” movie can be viewed at:

http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/News-Center/News-Article.php?page=20160714-2

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/a-colorful-landing-on-pluto
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Rujikin wrote:

What would it be like to actually land on Pluto?


If you mean Sailor Pluto, that's quite a nice question to think about.
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well if you think about it Pluto is the furthest planet from the sun so it would be extremely cold. I would theorize that it would be similar to the below freezing arctic temperatures if not colder. Also it would be not as well lit as earth during the day due to the distance that the suns light would have to travel. The sun would be far enough away that it may only look a bit larger than any other star you would see in the sky. However you would still receive a limited amount of light, perhaps even good enough to read a book. Another thing to mention is that one day on Pluto is equivalent to 6 days, 9 hours, and 36 minutes on earth. (That would make it kind of difficult to adjust to when you need to sleep and for how long. Plus a sense of time would be vastly extended.) You could imagine how long a year on Pluto would be. Think about it 1 day actually equals 6 days! One good thing is that scientists believe there is a ocean on Pluto so there would be plenty of water. The down side is that its likely frozen and hard as concrete. I personally would not like being on Pluto because of how dark and cold it would be. To each his own though.
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