Tag Archive: New Horizons

Jan 12 2016

Latest from Pluto

When one has spent the last week and a half gallivanting about eating bon-bons and such, it always pays to swing by NASA’s New Horizons page because there is usually something cool there. I was not disappointed: ‘X’ Marks a Curious Corner on Pluto’s Icy Plains. They postulate that big chunks of liquid nitrogen slowly …

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Dec 20 2015

Still less than halfway done downloading data

NASA’s New Horizon page. New Findings from NASA’s New Horizons Shape Understanding of Pluto and its Moons. Key to understanding activity on Pluto is the role of the deep layer of solid nitrogen and other volatile ices that fill the left side of Pluto’s ‘heart’—a vast, 620-mile (1,000-kilometer) -wide basin, informally named Sputnik Planum. New …

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Dec 09 2015

Latest Pluto Images

From NASA’s New Horizons mission page:

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Dec 04 2015

Pluto jonesin’ post

NASA’s New Horizons’ Mission Page First, New Horizons has observed a Kuiper Belt object, 1994 JR1, from its own Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) at a range of about 170 million miles. This is a potential secondary mission for New Horizons — observing various Kuiper Belt objects while flies through space. Next, JPL has put …

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Nov 16 2015

Latest Pluto images

From NASA’s New Horizons’ page.

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Nov 10 2015

Slides from New Horizons news conference available

Science Results from the New Horizons Encounter with Pluto. Pretty cool that they made this available. Some of the more interesting images: Pluto’s moons Pluto’s geology Cratering on Pluto Much more at the link — more than enough to satisfy your Pluto jones. Related: And here’s a video of the motion of Pluto’s moons:

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Nov 08 2015

New Horizons on course for 2014 MU69

New Horizons Completes Targeting Maneuvers. New Horizons completed the fourth of four maneuvers to set it on a course for 2014 MU69, and should intercept it on 1 January 2019. The maneuvers didn’t speed or slow the spacecraft as much as they “pushed” New Horizons sideways, giving it a 57 meter per second (128 mile …

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Oct 27 2015

New Horizons completes longest maneuver in its history

New Horizons Team Reports Success In Second Of Four Targeting Maneuvers. The maneuver lasted 25 minutes. The final two maneuvers will take place on 28 Oct and 4 Nov. The 2014 MU69 mission hasn’t been formally approved yet, but I can’t believe that it won’t be. Video comes complete with creepy robot voice just in …

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Oct 24 2015

First pictures of Pluto’s moon Kerberos released

Last of Pluto’s Moons – Mysterious Kerberos – Revealed by New Horizons. All of the smaller moons have the same reflectivity, and speculation is that they are all covered with with relatively clean water ice. Because you can’t swing a dead cat in the Solar System without hitting water.

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Oct 23 2015

New Horizons on its way to a new target

New Horizons Changes Course for Flyby of First Post-Pluto Destination on New Year’s Day 2019. We need to come up with a better name than 2014 MU69. According to a report today by the Associated Press, New Horizons fired its thrusters for the first in a series of course-correction changes this afternoon. Four such maneuvers …

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Oct 22 2015

Rest In Peace, Bob Farquhar

I was just talking with my dear friend Lyman, who passed on the news that Bob Farquhar had passed away. Here’s APL’s obituary for him which is very well done. I’ll quote the comment there by Edward Reynolds: I knew Bob well and worked with him on several projects. He truly revolutionized how the solar …

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Oct 14 2015

New pictures of Pluto’s moon Nix

New Horizons: the mission that keeps on giving!

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Oct 09 2015

First color pictures of Pluto’s atmosphere

New Horizons Finds Blue Skies and Water Ice on Pluto. And lots of water ice, to boot: Say it with me: “You can’t swing a dead cat in the Solar System without hitting water”. Wait…are those sunglasses on that cat??

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Oct 01 2015

NASA ‘Charon’ new pictures

Pluto’s Big Moon Charon Reveals a Colorful and Violent History. (See what I did there?) High-resolution images of the Pluto-facing hemisphere of Charon, taken by New Horizons as the spacecraft sped through the Pluto system on July 14, and transmitted to Earth on Sept. 21, reveal details of a belt of fractures and canyons just …

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Sep 30 2015

Pluto at twilight

Pluto at Twilight. Pretty neat!

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Sep 25 2015

Jonesing for a Pluto fix?

Perplexing Pluto: New ‘Snakeskin’ Image and More from New Horizons. Resolution: 0.8 miles. They have no idea how these kind of features are formed. Resolution: 750 yards. Purple indicates concentrations of methane ice and gas.

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Sep 18 2015

More new Pluto data

Scientists explore preliminary data from New Horizons’ Pluto-Charon flyby. I would normally list this as a “Related Article” in the previous post, but this article is much more focused on the non-visual readings that we’re getting, instead of the pretty pictures in the other article. Such as: and and and finally

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Sep 18 2015

More new Pluto pictures

Pluto ‘Wows’ in Spectacular New Backlit Panorama.

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Sep 11 2015

Here come the new Pluto images

New Pluto Images from NASA’s New Horizons: It’s Complicated.

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Sep 08 2015

New Horizons begins massive download of Pluto data

New Horizons Spacecraft begins Intensive Data Downlink Phase. At a data rate of only 1 to 4 kb per second, it’ll take over a year for all of the Pluto observations to be transmitted.

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