Discussion in 'science, nature and environment' started by frogwoman, Oct 9, 2014.
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New Horizons Finds Blue Skies and Water Ice on Pluto
The Tartarus Dorsa Mountains Rise Up Along Pluto
New Horizons: Sharpest images of Pluto's surface - BBC News
Fucking hell, a 3 mile long albino lobster
I for one welcome our new 3 mile long albino lobster overlords!
A 90 mile wide Kuiper Belt object has been spotted.
New Horizons’ Camera Captures a Wandering Kuiper Belt Object
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.
It's a billion comets! Possibly.
Turns out Pluto might really be a giant comet
New Horizons Spacecraft Wakes Up to Prepare for Historic Flyby of Distant Object
Due to whizz past Ultima Thule on New Years Day at 05:53 GMT.
Excitement ahead of distant Nasa flyby
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.
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).
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
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.
It's a snowman!
Weird colouration, and nothing that even looks like a crater. Can't wait for the stereo images!
Contact binary it is then.
Red snowman too…
It's astounding, given the sheer distance, that a human-sent object went out there, intercepted, and examined this tiny object.
I always say this, but in a sane world SCIENCE would be the front page headlines rather than vapid celebrity tosh.
It looks well friendly, and a little sad
That's the main image on the next 'golden record'.
'Snowman' shape of distant Ultima revealed
Closest photo of Ultima Thule so far has just been released.
New Horizons: News Article?page=20190124
It's flatter than first thought
Ultima Thule Beyond Pluto Is Flat Like a Pancake (and Not a Space Snowman After All)
That's one seriously strange and impressive construction.
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