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Check out Pluto’s icy mountains and heart in this new video

By Miriam Kramer, Mashable, SouthFloridaReporter.com, Sept. 19, 2015 – A new video — compiled using actual photos collected by the New Horizons spacecraft during its close flyby of the dwarf planet in July — takes you on a ride above the tiny world’s heart-shaped plains and icy Norgay Montes, named for Tenzing Norgay, who scaled Mount Everest with Edmund Hillary.

“Our tour starts low over the informally named Norgay Montes at a height of about 120 miles (200 kilometers). These jagged mountains rise almost 2 miles (3 kilometers) from the surrounding surface,” New Horizons scientist Stuart Robbins said in a NASA blog post about the video.

“We head north over Sputnik Planum (bright area to the left) and Cthulhu Regio (dark area to the right). While Sputnik Planum is smooth at this pixel scale, it’s in marked contrast to Cthulhu Regio which has many large impact craters that indicate the Regio is much older.”