A Quick Tourist's Guide To Pluto

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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from BI Science

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Currently, Pluto is more than 5 billion kilometers away from Earth. (0:05)

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    At its perihelion (the closest point to the sun in a planet or comet's orbit), Pluto is only 4.4 billion kilometers away. (0:36)

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    The Pioneer spacecraft completed the journey to Pluto in about 11 years. (2:43)

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    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. (3:29)

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from Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell

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from SciShow Space

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Key Facts In This Video

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    The New Horizons launch was the fastest spacecraft launch in history. (0:54)

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

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

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