NASA video shows what it would look like to land a spaceship on Pluto

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Jan 22, 2017

We’re still trying to figure out how to put a man on Mars, so we’re at least several decades (if not centuries) from ever reaching the proto-planet at the end of our solar system. But that doesn't mean a spaceship can't go there! 

NASA has put together a video compiled from 100 images taken by its New Horizons spacecraft in the summer of 2015. The clip opens with the distant view of Pluto and its moon Charon and zooms in all the way down for a 'landing' on the shoreline of Pluto's Sputnik Planitia. It's extremely cool, and pretty much the closest we'll ever get to actually settling down on Pluto (at least in any of our lifetimes).

According to NASA, scientists interpolated the panchromatic (black and white) shots and low-res solo photos and put it all together based on what they know Pluto looks like. If you're thinking of planning a trip, remember it took New Horizons nine-and-a-half years across more than three billion miles to reach Pluto. The flyby used for this video passed as close as 7,800 miles from the surface of the former planet.

Check out the landing video below and let us know what you think:

(Via NASA)