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NASA New Horizons - Pluto Flyby

Discussion in 'Living Room' started by kamchatsky, 14th Jul, 2015.

  1. kamchatsky

    kamchatsky Well-Known Member

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    What an amazing achievement to man kind. After New Horizons lifted off Earth in January 2006, it travelled 9 and a half YEARS in space for 3 BILLION plus miles, to visit Pluto system for the first time in history.

    New Horizons has just passed the closest approach to Pluto a few minutes ago. What an amazing photo of Pluto:

    https://instagram.com/p/5HTXKMoaFL/

    https://twitter.com/NASANewHorizons/status/620923200621412352/photo/1

    https://twitter.com/NASANewHorizons/

    https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/newhorizons/main/index.html

    New Horizons will take whole bunch of photos and lots of measurements, and it would take 18 MONTHS to send all the data back to earth due to the vast distance the signal would need to travel. Even light takes 4.5 HOURS to reach between Pluto and Earth. It is that far.
     
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    wombat777 Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    One of the amazing things is the reliability of the technology that is getting there. Really careful engineering. Incredible stuff.
     
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  3. MarkB

    MarkB Some guy on the internet Premium Member

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    No, it isn't Elliot with ET riding off in front of the moon, it is the ISS.


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    Photo credit to Dylan O'Donnell.
     
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    Sashatheman Well-Known Member

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    Can't wait for the most clear photo of the planet once Horizon transmits the data back.
     
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    First high resolution images arriving back from Pluto causing a lot of concern

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  6. Steven Ryan

    Steven Ryan Mortgage Broker Business Plus Member

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    I've waited nearly a decade for the first close look at Pluto.

    Momentous!

    Stage 2 begins soon: becoming an interplanetary species.
     
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    LibGS Well-Known Member

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    To baldy go where on one has gone before.