Tag Archive: Pluto

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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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 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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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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Aug 20 2015

New Horizons fly-by video

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Jul 30 2015

The Pluto Payoff Is Helping NASA’s 2016 Budget Prospects – Newsy

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Jul 27 2015

Nitrogen glaciers flow on Pluto

Flowing nitrogen ice glaciers seen on Pluto.

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Jul 24 2015

Friday’s Pluto Fix

NASA’s New Horizons Team Finds Haze, Flowing Ice on Pluto. The New Horizons mission also found in LORRI images evidence of exotic ices flowing across Pluto’s surface and revealing signs of recent geologic activity, something scientists hoped to find but didn’t expect. You’re welcome.

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Jul 21 2015

Jonesin’ for a Pluto fix

Which I got right here for you. Second Mountain Range Rises from Pluto’s ‘Heart’ (Photo) Resolution is about 1/2 a mile per pixel. The red spot on Nix is likely an impact crater.

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Jul 20 2015

A petition to make Pluto a Planet again

Declare Pluto a Planet #PlutoFlyby. They only need about 900 more signatures to reach their goal of 5000. I, of course, signed it. Supporter number 4010!

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