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Old July 14th, 2014, 01:43 PM   #1
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New Horizons - mission to Pluto!

Exactly 1 year to go until New Horizons reaches Pluto!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Horizons

http://www.npr.org/2014/07/13/330983...rrive-at-pluto



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Old July 14th, 2014, 10:31 PM   #2
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It's been a while since New Horizons took off.
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Old July 16th, 2014, 03:47 AM   #3
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Wow cant wait. Expect a frozen planet full of ice. Must feel very lonly with our sun so small.

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Old July 17th, 2014, 02:26 PM   #4
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So what do you guys think will happen after the flyby of New Horizon to Pluto?
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Old July 18th, 2014, 05:11 AM   #5
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I'm very excited about this mission and the findings that it may yield!

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So what do you guys think will happen after the flyby of New Horizon to Pluto?
It will continue its mission into the Kuiper Belt.
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Old July 19th, 2014, 12:35 AM   #6
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It will continue its mission into the Kuiper Belt.
The cool thing that's situated between Neptune and Pluto? Another flyby for further study?
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Old July 19th, 2014, 08:17 AM   #7
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Hubble to search beyond Pluto for a New Horizons mission target

After careful consideration and analysis, a committee has recommended using Hubble to search for an object the New Horizons mission could visit after its flyby of Pluto in July 2015.

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Old July 25th, 2014, 01:01 PM   #8
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Pluto and Charon!!! From the New Horizons probe.

https://twitter.com/NewHorizons2015/...14148034711553


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Old July 26th, 2014, 12:27 PM   #9
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Pluto and Charon!!! From the New Horizons probe.

https://twitter.com/NewHorizons2015/...14148034711553


Now that's the closest image of Pluto ever. Amazing image. Keep the new images coming!
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Old July 26th, 2014, 02:20 PM   #10
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Wow cant wait. Expect a frozen planet full of ice. Must feel very lonly with our sun so small.
It does have (at least) five moons to keep it company.
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Old July 27th, 2014, 12:34 AM   #11
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Actually Pluto and Charon orbit each other around an empty point in space, because Charon is very large in relation to Pluto. So technically Charon is not a moon of Pluto... Charon and Pluto form a binary planet.
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Actually Pluto and Charon orbit each other around an empty point in space, because Charon is very large in relation to Pluto. So technically Charon is not a moon of Pluto... Charon and Pluto form a binary planet.
That doesn't really work in my book, when you consider that Charon has less than 12% of the mass of Pluto. The barycenter of the orbit might be slightly outside of Pluto's surface, but there is no doubt what the dominant body is.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charon...ron_System.gif
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Old July 27th, 2014, 07:25 AM   #13
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That doesn't really work in my book, when you consider that Charon has less than 12% of the mass of Pluto. The barycenter of the orbit might be slightly outside of Pluto's surface, but there is no doubt what the dominant body is.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charon...ron_System.gif
It's the same principle as binary stars..

Long term problematic but works short term..

Pluto being the primary dwarf planet and Charon it's companion dwarf planet..
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Old July 27th, 2014, 10:13 AM   #14
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It's the same principle as binary stars..

Long term problematic but works short term..

Pluto being the primary dwarf planet and Charon it's companion dwarf planet..
By that logic, it is Pluto and it's four companion dwarf planets. Because they all orbit around that barycenter.
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No, Nyx and Hydra are not large enough to be dwarf planets, regardless of any orbital parameters
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Old July 28th, 2014, 07:25 AM   #16
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New Horizons will probably find one or two more moons of Pluto I'd imagine, considering we've found 3 in the past decade from far away.
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Old July 29th, 2014, 01:31 PM   #17
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small frozen land and how it looks. what more can we find from a fly by mission?
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New Horizons Mission Catches Pluto And Charon Waltzing

By Caleb A. Scharf | August 8, 2014

After a ten year journey, NASA’s New Horizons mission is still 420 million kilometers from the Pluto system – but that’s close enough to begin to see the orbital dance of an icy world and its major moon.

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/...aron-waltzing/


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Wow cant wait. Expect a frozen planet full of ice. Must feel very lonly with our sun so small.

Pluto's not a planet.

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Old August 12th, 2014, 10:13 PM   #20
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it is such a pity it couldn't have been an orbiter and get closer, 10.000+ km, not gonna be very high res

still, it would be awesome if it were full of like trees or aliens
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