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NASA shows what it would be like to land on Pluto

New Horizons made a close pass of the distant dwarf planet last year, and now the space agency has visualized a future approach in preparation for reaching the surface.

It's been a year since NASA's New Horizons spacecraft made its close flyby of Pluto, the solar system's most famously demoted dwarf planet. This week, the space agency celebrated with the above video simulating what it might be like one day to approach the fascinating world in preparation for a landing on the edge of its huge, heart-shaped plain known as the Sputnik Planum.

The spacecraft finally reached Pluto last July after a journey of nine years and 3 billion miles and is now continuing on into the furthest reaches of the solar system to visit a small Kuiper Belt object (KBO) known as 2014 MU69 on New Year's Day of 2019.

The video is stitched together from more than 100 images that New Horizons took on its approach over a period of six weeks. If we ever were to actually land on Pluto, there would be plenty of weirdness to check out, like potential methane snow, frozen lakes and possible ice volcanoes.