Relive the Pluto flyby through the experiences of the New Horizons spacecraft’s Mission Operations team in this video from NOVA: Chasing Pluto. As New Horizons neared Pluto, its radio signal cut out. With little time to spare—and from 3 billion miles away—the team solved the problem, allowing the spacecraft to gather data and images from a flyby just 8,000 miles above Pluto’s surface. Based on early data transmissions received on Earth, scientists see for the first time the dwarf planet’s 11,000-foot-tall icy mountains and its largest moon, Charon, almost devoid of impact craters.
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