On the way to Pluto at last!

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Abdul Alhazred wrote:Finally!

Pluto a Planet Again? It May Happen This Year.
Discover

Just what the headline says.

With a tip of the hat to the world, Ceres. 8)
more than a century before Pluto was discovered, Ceres was plutoed.
:D
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HONK!

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Distributors are teh fail. Release date is 14 August, a month after the flyby. I will be calling regularly to make sure they do not slip again.
Meanwhile, here's a peek.
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http://sen.com/img/inline/1430339145_1430340021.gif
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HONK!

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The trailer has been released:
[youtube]aky9FFj4ybE[/youtube]
Don't worry, no spoilers. Sadly, it's not narrated by Morgan Freeman.
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I can't bloody wait. If for no other reason than Doctor X will stop with that bloody "HONK"-ing. The racket is driving me nuts.
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Twee
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Bruce wrote:The trailer has been released:
[youtube]aky9FFj4ybE[/youtube]
Don't worry, no spoilers. Sadly, it's not narrated by Morgan Freeman.
"Who knows what wonders await us?"

I do. More uninhabitable rocks.

Yawn.
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The Shadow knows.
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Starting to get some color:

http://cdn3.epictimes.com/wp-content/up ... istant.png
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HONK!

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This is not Pluto:

http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/Multimedia/Scie ... ON.001.jpg
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It's a twofer!
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So is that what they do on CSI when they make fuzzy images clear? "Deconvolve it!!!"
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honk honk honk
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gnome wrote:So is that what they do on CSI when they make fuzzy images clear? "Deconvolve it!!!"
No autocorrelate?
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http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files ... luto-1.jpg
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HONK!
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http://i.imgur.com/Romr8ZD.gif
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Faces! I see faces! There is at least one :) and one :| .

If you look very closely, I'll bet you can even see......
Spoiler:
HONK!

Heh, you walked right into that one! :P
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http://www.thenational.ae/uae/science/a ... -year-trek
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Uh-oh:

http://news.yahoo.com/horizons-space-pr ... 16397.html
New Horizons space probe suffers glitch on approach to Pluto

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - NASA scientists were working on Sunday to revive the New Horizons spacecraft after it suffered a computer malfunction just nine days before it was due to fly past Pluto.

The probe has been barreling toward the dwarf planet and its primary moon, Charon, since January 2006.

On Saturday, an unknown glitch caused New Horizons to switch to a backup computer, which triggered an 81-minute break in radio communications with mission controllers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, NASA said in a status report.

"Full recovery is expected to take from one to several days," NASA said. "New Horizons will be temporarily unable to collect science data during that time."

The work is complicated by the 4-1/2 hours it takes to send a set of signals to the spacecraft, which is nearly 3 billion miles (5 billion km) from Earth.
Computer trouble at the worst possible time.
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No.

Bad news comes in threes. (I know, fuck skepticism for a minute)

Two weeks ago, a major 3 month project at work tripped on the last lap and nose-dived just before the finish line.

Last week, same thing happened, except it was one of my projects and it's coming to the end of 6 months. I'm dreading going back to work tomorrow.

This would make number three of bad news regarding a major project that fails just before the finish.

It's not fair!!! I'm a skeptic! This type of superstitious nonsense is not supposed to happen to me! :poutpout: :poutpout:

:Waaaah: Make it come back online, all knowing skeptical god of nothingness and rationality! :cry: Seriously, I went home on friday saying to myself, well, I might be getting laid off soon, but at least New Horizons will be taking pictures of Pluto soon, and fireworks n' shit. :gloomy:
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Honk!
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Conspiracy theorists are no doubt already blaming aliens.

Clearly it is a bug in the electrical system.
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AND ALIEN BUG!!!

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Honk.
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Space.com wrote: NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will be ready for its epic Pluto flyby next week despite a recent glitch, mission team members say.

New Horizons went into a precautionary "safe mode" on Saturday (July 4) after experiencing an anomaly, but the problem did not turn out to be serious. New Horizons' handlers say the probe should be back to normal science operations by Tuesday (July 7), exactly one week before it performs the first-ever flyby of Pluto.

"The investigation into the anomaly that caused New Horizons to enter 'safe mode' on July 4 has concluded that no hardware or software fault occurred on the spacecraft," mission team members wrote in an update Sunday (July 5). "The underlying cause of the incident was a hard-to-detect timing flaw in the spacecraft command sequence that occurred during an operation to prepare for the close flyby. No similar operations are planned for the remainder of the Pluto encounter."
http://www.space.com/29854-new-horizons ... flyby.html
Phew! But somebody please put a stop to Bruce's jinxing.
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Yes! My faith in skepticism has been restored. 8)
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More pictures.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2015 ... /29783881/

Plute looks like a smiley face with black teeth. :D
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Must be British.
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NPR reported this morning that the safe mode shutdown was triggered by a pack of idiots telling the spacecraft to process some photos while it was busy doing something else.

Crash.

Safe mode.

Back up in an hour and a half.

Don't do that again.

So, even at NASA/JPL.......................... :)
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They should have bought the Apple Care. . . .

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NPR wrote:As everyone knows, being in the car for 10 minutes is not a big deal — but a 10 hour drive will suck the life out of you. That means we all use time to understand distance. Buffalo is an hour away from where I live in Rochester. New York City, however, is 5 1/2 hours. Washington, D.C., is 10 hours, Minneapolis is two days and LA is a long week of back pain, junk food, monotony and some spectacular views.

So, if it's a week to cross the country, how long would it take to drive to Pluto?

Doing the simplest calculation possible assumes a straight-line trip from Earth to the dwarf planet, ignoring each planet's motion as well as the need to stop and pee. In our calculation, we will also promise to be good and not speed, keeping a steady 65 miles per hour the whole way. And to keep things simple, let's use Pluto's average orbital distance of 39 AU. So, when we put all this together how long would our solar-system-spanning road trip last?

Just a mere 6,293 years (give or take a few decades).
http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2015/0 ... ld-it-take
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Obama is why we cannot have nine planets. http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u264 ... 01db12.gif

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Pluto and Charon:

http://ichef-1.bbci.co.uk/news/624/cpsp ... _final.png

Pluto:

http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/660/cpspro ... swri_0.png
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Less than 24 hours till closest approach.

Pluto:
https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/file ... k=e-bMjSeK
https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/file ... k=7TOYE7ug

Charon:
https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/file ... k=5QQufhE-
https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/file ... k=6voWNtgd

Check NASA's New Horizons mission page for the latest:

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/newh ... index.html
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https://static.dyp.im/MTGzoIOim2/d5be6e ... c2ea95.JPG

Fucking racists.
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Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Bruce wrote:More pictures. ...
A week before the historic New Horizons close-up of Pluto, NASA has released new photos and the first color movie showing strange surface detail of the "other red planet" and its largest moon.
Aha!

They are implicitly admitting it was a planet all along. :coolspecs:





HONK!
Sounds pretty darn explicit to me

Honk!!