You science and space junkies will remember that on July 14th, 2015, the New Horizons NASA mission made history when it became the first spacecraft to conduct a flyby of Pluto and on the moon Charon a dark vale was named Mordor!
“The view then moves north, passing over the Dorothy Gale crater and the dark polar region known as Mordor Macula.” ~ Matt Williams, Universe Today
Take a look at this new flyover of the moon Charon, a satellite of Pluto that holds a dark and sinister area know as Mordor Macula!
The flyover video of Charon begins over the hemisphere that the New Horizons mission saw during its closest approach to the moon. The view then descends over Serenity Chasma, the wide and deep canyon that is named after the ship from the sci-fi series Firefly. This feature is part of the vast equatorial belt of chasms on Charon, which is one of the longest in the Solar System – 1,800 km (1,100 mi) long 7.5 km (4.5 mi) deep.
The view then moves north, passing over the Dorothy Gale crater and the dark polar region known as Mordor Macula (appropriately named after the domain of the Dark Lord Sauron in The Lord of the Rings). The video then turn south to fly over the northern terrain known as Oz Terra before finishing over the equatorial plans of Vulcan Planum and the mountain of Clarke Montes.
These videos were color-enhanced in order to bring out the surface details, and the topographic relief was exaggerated by a factor or two to three to emphasize the topography of Pluto and its largest moon. Digital mapping and rendering of these videos was performed by Paul Schenk and John Blackwell of the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) in Houston.
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August 9, 2017