As NASA’s New Horizons space probe raced past Pluto, it snapped photos as fast as it could, beaming back pictures to the grinning geeks at NASA. NASA then took the images and created this animated gif showing what it would look like had you hitched a rid aboard the spacecraft. Each second of the movie represents about 30 minutes travel time for New Horizons.
New Horizons flew about 7,800 miles above Pluto at a speed of about 32,435 miles per hour. It was launched on January 19, 2006 – over 9 years ago! When it passed Pluto on July 15, 2015, it became the first spacecraft to explore the dwarf planet.
New Horizons is alive and well and heading towards the Kuiper Belt. This month, it will begin beaming back more images documenting its journey.