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Started by FredDee on Dec 7, 2014 11:26:32 AM
Pluto On The Horizon

Is 2014 the year spacecraft woke up ?

After Rosetta, New Horizon woke a few hours ago :



http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/new-horizon-robotic-probe-awakened-begins-exploration-of-pluto-1.2863271

More and more data between now and July.

( I wonder whether anybody will ever read this thread wearing a T-shirt with a picture of a detailed map of Pluto ? )

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FredDee - 07 Dec 2014 11:46:42 (#1 of 211)

Here's more detail on New Horizon and its schedoodle :

http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2014/12031700-the-new-horizons-science.html

Instruments Alice and Ralph ( not to mention PEPSSI ).

sugarsnappeas - 07 Dec 2014 16:07:04 (#2 of 211)

No Coke-Zero? Bah.

Ebadlun - 10 Dec 2014 23:50:59 (#3 of 211)

It's going to be gutted when it wakes up and finds it's not exploring a planet any more.

Marion - 11 Dec 2014 19:39:25 (#4 of 211)

Ha, true! and it's now not even the first to explore an asteroid.

The Americans are really falling behind in the space race, the set backs they've had with the SHuttle seem to have destroyed their confidence/interest in the final frontier.

Pentecost - 11 Dec 2014 22:46:35 (#5 of 211)

It's the first to explore Pluto, though, whatever transient human taxonomists want to give a transient classification to it.

Marion - 18 Dec 2014 20:20:24 (#6 of 211)

Meh... we landed on a comet moving at a squillion miles an hour. Planetoids are so last century.

flowbagging - 18 Dec 2014 20:28:34 (#7 of 211)

I wonder whether anybody will ever read this thread wearing a T-shirt with a picture of a detailed map of Pluto?

I bet the one I've got on atm is pretty damned accurate

SinnerBoy - 29 Dec 2014 15:29:21 (#8 of 211)

"science instruments" and "science data"?

Scientific, surely?

Very interesting expedition, all the same. I hope that the batteries last a bit longer than the 2 years predicted.

Pentecost - 29 Dec 2014 21:24:49 (#9 of 211)

scientific data, sure, because it has been obtained scientifically, but the instruments haven't been made scientifically and they aren't scientifically-minded, they've been made to do science just as physics apparatus is to do physics and physical apparatus is, well, sort of physical. So, scientific data from science instruments.

FleurDuMal - 29 Dec 2014 21:26:31 (#10 of 211)

I thought Pluto was just a big chunk of ice?

SinnerBoy - 30 Dec 2014 15:12:04 (#11 of 211)

I disagree. When I was at university, the mass spectrometer, rock abrasion tool, microscopes, magnetometers etc etc etc were all "scientific" instruments. Now I'm offshore, they're still called that in the report glossaries.

Pentecost - 30 Dec 2014 15:57:01 (#12 of 211)

You must be younger than me. Mine were science instruments, and were used in a science lab, not a scientific lab.

Pentecost - 30 Dec 2014 15:57:57 (#13 of 211)

Although what was done there was hopefully scientific, since we considered it to be science.

SinnerBoy - 06 Jan 2015 20:13:40 (#14 of 211)

Well, we did work in the science lab, but all of the equipment was "scientific instruments." (Well, the work we didn't do in the field was done in the lab, just to pre-empt pedantry....)

Marion - 06 Jan 2015 20:15:36 (#15 of 211)

World's most pedantic debate?

Pentecost - 07 Jan 2015 09:43:33 (#16 of 211)

So? Some of us are really into that sort of thing.

FredDee - 09 Jan 2015 20:08:33 (#17 of 211)

The BBC gets ready for Pluto :

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-30746650

What surprises me is how slow the downlink will be :

New Horizons will downlink its information at 3,000 bits per second - at best.

Snarlygog - 16 Jan 2015 19:01:10 (#18 of 211)

It won't be in 1080i and 48000 for audio.wonder what the onboard processer is?

SinnerBoy - 20 Jan 2015 23:32:42 (#19 of 211)

Fuck, I've just looked in and have an earworm of "Johnny, don't be a hero,"

only with:

Pluto, on the horizon.

What the fuck causes that?

tasselhoff - 21 Jan 2015 10:38:34 (#20 of 211)

It's Billy

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