The New Horizons spacecraft has been sending home a steady stream of photos as it has closed in on Pluto. Now, the mission team has stitched a series of those images together to create the spectacular time-lapse animation above.
Pluto is in the center, spinning on its axis. Charon, the planet’s largest moon, is orbiting around it. As they loom ever larger in the frame, details on their surfaces become clearer. As described by NASA:
The images show Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, gro