NASA Horizons Spacecraft at Pluto

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  1. The Snork

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    Only a few more months. Meanwhile we get a good shot of Pluto and its moon Charon.

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    And here's one where Pluto hasn't been "centered" (They both rotate about a mutual center of Mass).

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    Cool shit! :up:
     
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    If anyone is interested Horizons launched on Jan. 19, 2006; it swung past Jupiter for a gravity boost and scientific studies in February 2007, and will conduct a five-month-long reconnaissance flyby study of Pluto and its moons in summer 2015. Pluto closest approach is scheduled for July 14, 2015. As part of an extended mission, the spacecraft is expected to head farther into the Kuiper Belt to examine one or two of the ancient, icy mini-worlds in that vast region, at least a billion miles beyond Neptune’s orbit.

    Sending a spacecraft on this long journey will help us answer basic questions about the surface properties, geology, interior makeup and atmospheres on these bodies.

    Just adding some context here.
     
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    Dawsome, totally dawsome...

    Love this science shit!
     
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    Here is what Horizons looks like
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    space is neat
     
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    Space fun fact:

    One million Earths can fit inside the Sun.

    Ancient astronomers once believed the Earth was at the centre of the Universe but now we know that the Sun is at the centre of our Solar System and our planets orbit the Sun. The Sun makes up 99.8% of the entire mass of the whole Solar System. One million Earths would be needed to be the same size as the Sun.
     
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    Did you work on this mission?

    Fun fact Put is about the same size as Russia

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    One million Earth's or one Robin
     
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    Love it when you talk outer space :wub:
     
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    When will NASA get to work exploring the vast emptiness that is Beth's head?
     
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    Fun fact Beth's stupidity is so dense that even light can't escape it
     
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    Hey X. No I did not.

    (currently working on Iridium NEXT and GPS Block IIIA satellites)
     
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    Hey MK..there is not enough money to do that. :)
     
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    That is hot
     
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    :hilarious: :hilarious: :hilarious:

    Love it X..a black hole reference
     
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    Thanks Obama.
     
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    wasn't taking about Robin at all :quote:
     
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    Busy weeks for NASA/JPL - the Messenger spacecraft in orbit around Mercury since 2011 will be intentionally crashed into the surface on Thursday for one last hurrah.

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    From a NBC News report - NASA's Mercury-orbiting spacecraft, Messenger, is going out with a bang this week, adding a hefty crater to the little planet closest to the sun. The first spacecraft to circle Mercury, Messenger is expected to slip out of orbit and slam into Mercury on Thursday following a successful four-year tour of the rocky planet.

    The spacecraft will be traveling 8,750 mph (14,081 kph) when it hits, fast enough to carve out a crater 52 feet (16 meters) wide. The spacecraft itself stretches 10 feet (3 meters) solar wingtip to wingtip. Messenger has run out of fuel, but ground controllers managed in recent weeks to eke out some extra life, raising Messenger's orbit by dipping into helium gas reserves not originally intended for use as fuel. But now that's all gone and Messenger is at the mercy of gravity. "I guess the end is coming," the Messenger team said via Twitter earlier this week. "After 10 years, spacecraft will end life as just another crater on Mercury's surface."

    Messenger rocketed away from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in August 2004. It flew twice past Venus and three times past Mercury, before entering orbit around Mercury in March 2011. Only one other spacecraft, NASA's Mariner 10, has ever visited Mercury, and that was back in the 1970s.