NASA's New Horizons: The First Mission to the Pluto System and the Kuiper Belt

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  1. laptop

    laptop Freudenschade

    You can likely recognise the site without me linking:

  2. bi0boy

    bi0boy Power User

  3. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Meet Sytx:


    The Tartarus Dorsa Mountains Rise Up Along Pluto
  4. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  5. Wilson

    Wilson most misunderstood

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  6. existentialist

    existentialist Apprentice bachelor

  7. jannerboyuk

    jannerboyuk ...just kids gone wild.

    I for one welcome our new 3 mile long albino lobster overlords!
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  8. xes

    xes F.O.A.D

    A 90 mile wide Kuiper Belt object has been spotted.

    New Horizons’ Camera Captures a Wandering Kuiper Belt Object

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  9. Jonti

    Jonti what the dormouse said

    New Horizon's been in hibernation for a while, as it hurtles through the outer solar system en route to the Kuiper Belt object designated 2014 MU69.

    Now it's waking up, ready for the planned rendezvous on 1st January 2019.
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  10. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    It's a billion comets! Possibly.

    Turns out Pluto might really be a giant comet
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  11. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus



    New Horizons Spacecraft Wakes Up to Prepare for Historic Flyby of Distant Object
  12. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow Seagull + Chips = Happy Seagull

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  13. 2hats


    Playback of the encounter (downlink of data) won't occur until later in the day though. Spacecraft phone home health check due at 1528UTC. Then science data should start flowing about 2015UTC with initial images coming overnight into 2 Jan and more to follow later that day and 3 Jan. The spacecraft can't observe the target and transmit to Earth. So it observes first, then orients to Earth and then transmits.
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  14. 2hats


    Health check ok. All is green but it will take a few hours to find out if it actually got any images (spacecraft pointing was something of a guesswork as the precise orbit of the target isn't well defined, it having only been discovered recently).
  15. a_chap

    a_chap Needs no introduction; a man who cries gravy

    That would be a pisser.

    It's like when you used to wait a week for your photos to be developed and opened the envelope to find just blanks :(
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  16. 2hats


    Looks like it was on target. Final pre-flyby low resolution imagery hints at a binary or contact binary perhaps.
    High resolution image should be available in the coming hours.
  17. S☼I

    S☼I Lemon Interr-

  18. S☼I

    S☼I Lemon Interr-

    It's a snowman!
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  19. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Weird colouration, and nothing that even looks like a crater. Can't wait for the stereo images!
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  20. 2hats


    Contact binary it is then.
    Red snowman too…
  21. S☼I

    S☼I Lemon Interr-

    It's astounding, given the sheer distance, that a human-sent object went out there, intercepted, and examined this tiny object.
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  22. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I always say this, but in a sane world SCIENCE would be the front page headlines rather than vapid celebrity tosh.
  23. It looks well friendly, and a little sad :(
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  24. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow Seagull + Chips = Happy Seagull

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  25. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Incredible achievement:

    'Snowman' shape of distant Ultima revealed
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  26. fishfinger

    fishfinger تپلی

    Enhanced image:

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  27. a_chap

    a_chap Needs no introduction; a man who cries gravy

  28. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  29. Limejuice

    Limejuice Well-Known Member

    That's one seriously strange and impressive construction.

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