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A Quick Tourist's Guide To Pluto

When the New Horizons flyby gave Earth a better glimpse of its favorite former planet, everyone became Pluto-obsessed. But forget about viewing it from afar—what would a visit to this icy world actually look like? Take a virtual trip to the outer reaches of the solar system and find out.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Currently, Pluto is more than 5 billion kilometers away from Earth. 00:05

  2. At its perihelion (the closest point to the sun in a planet or comet's orbit), Pluto is only 4.4 billion kilometers away. 00:36

  3. The Pioneer spacecraft completed the journey to Pluto in about 11 years. 02:43

  4. It would take roughly 9-12 years to reach Pluto, but a lighter, faster spacecraft would not be able to capable to gather much data. 03:29

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  1. The New Horizons launch was the fastest spacecraft launch in history. 00:54

  2. Pluto's famous "heart" is called Tombaugh Regio after the astronomer who discovered Pluto in 1930. 02:17

  3. Pluto gets its brownish-red color from compounds called tholins. 03:39

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