This Is What It Would Be Like to Sit on the Surface of Pluto

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Thanks to New Horizons, we know what it would be like to do a Plutonian fly-over. But what about getting even closer? This series of paintings shows what it would be like to don your (hopefully very sturdy) spacesuit, pop open a lawn chair, and take a seat.

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Images: K.B. Kofoed / NASA Solar System.

Artist Karl Kofoed used a combination of New Horizons images and the data they collected to create this series of concept art, which gives an eye-level view of the theorized nitrogen snows (image above), Pluto during a Charon moonrise (directly below), and of the aptly-named chaos terrain (final image). It’s plenty to tide you over until the next series of Pluto pics drop.

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Illustration for article titled This Is What It Would Be Like to Sit on the Surface of Pluto
Illustration for article titled This Is What It Would Be Like to Sit on the Surface of Pluto

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My first reaction was “That looks way too bright.” But it turns out my instincts were wrong: NASA has a neat website called Pluto Time, which shows how bright things would look at high noon on Pluto.

http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/plutotime/