Abdul Alhazred wrote:Finally!
Pluto a Planet Again? It May Happen This Year.
Just what the headline says.
With a tip of the hat to the world, Ceres.
more than a century before Pluto was discovered, Ceres was plutoed.
Grayman wrote:If masturbation led to homosexuality you'd think by now I'd at least have better fashion sense.
"Who knows what wonders await us?"Bruce wrote:The trailer has been released:
Don't worry, no spoilers. Sadly, it's not narrated by Morgan Freeman.
Computer trouble at the worst possible time.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.
http://www.space.com/29854-new-horizons ... flyby.htmlSpace.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.npr.org/sections/13.7/2015/0 ... ld-it-takeNPR 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).
Sounds pretty darn explicit to meAbdul Alhazred wrote:Bruce wrote:More pictures. ...Aha!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.
They are implicitly admitting it was a planet all along.
In 'murican units that's 1472.7 miles and 750.6 miles respectivelyThis graphic presents a view of Pluto and Charon as they would appear if placed slightly above Earth's surface and viewed from a great distance. Recent measurements obtained by New Horizons indicate that Pluto has a diameter of 2370 km, 18.5% that of Earth's, while Charon has a diameter of 1208 km, 9.5% that of Earth's.