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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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Conspiracy theorists are no doubt already blaming aliens.

Clearly it is a bug in the electrical system.
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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."
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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).
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Pluto and Charon:

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Pluto:

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Less than 24 hours till closest approach.

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

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/newh ... index.html
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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:





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Rock Slightly Larger Than Other Rock Shock.

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Less than 9 hours! :tater:

(Although since it takes light 4 hours to travel here from there I assume it will be longer before we see any good close-ups.)

Here's the relative sizes:

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This 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.
In 'murican units that's 1472.7 miles and 750.6 miles respectively

Our own moon is bigger than Pluto, btw. That's why it's called a midget planet and not a real one.

But its diameter is almost 100 km larger than this previous estimate:
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Alright, we're almost there. It's been a long trip, you're all cranky, you're hungry... but STAY TOGETHER. Don't go running off all willy nilly and make me come looking for you. We'll stop first at the gift shop restroom, DON'T TOUCH ANYTHING, then we'll have a seat on Charon and eat our packed lunches while we can get a good look at the damn thing. Everybody clear?
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Abdul Alhazred wrote:Our planetary little brother is not a dwarf. :evil:

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We seem to have lost some passengers along the way...

:x :x :x :x :x

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From what I gathered:
– we'll never see the hemisphere posted by Anax any better :( (crowdfunding a new flyby, anybody?);
– the pictures have been taken but will need 16 months to get beamed back to earth.
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New York Times reports the dark blotch formerly known as the whale has been renamed Cthulhu.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/15/scien ... .html?_r=0

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On this, the very day that New Horizons made its closest fly-by, my children were watching re-runs of "Are you smarter than a 5th grader". One of the questions was, "What is the furthest planet from the Sun". Among the 4 possible answers were Neptune and Pluto. My son said Neptune and I said Pluto. Neptune was the "correct" answer. :cussing:

My son didn't understand why I kept yelling HONK HONK HONK, but someday he will. :evil:
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tell them that Rhode Island has been demoted to Dwarf State status.
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whitefork wrote:tell them that Rhode Island has been demoted to Dwarf State status.
I know exactly what they will say.

Yay! That means we're not the smallest state anymore! :P
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First known image of Pluto (1930).

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These are the images in which Pluto was found, because it changed position between the two images while the background stars stayed fixed.
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My (published) letter to the editor in today's Times:
Pluto is a planet,. Pluto has spent it's life believing that it is a planet and doing planet like things. Modern thinking has taught us that planetness is largely a social construct, invented by a white, male, exclusionary, heterosexual patriarchy. As such, it is wrong to force a micro-aggressive name on this entity. "Planetoid" indeed.

Pluto is what it wishes to be and glories in the flowering of it's planethood!!

HONK if you support Pluto's planethood!
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Bruce, if your son was a real smartarse, he'd have disallowed the question. Pluto and Neptune are both furthest from the son at times, due to Pluto's eccentric orbit.

And it's still a boring rock.
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[video]http://www.wired.com/wp-content/uploads ... AQPLyK.mp4[/video]

Look at the hi-res end, something's missing:
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Spoiler:
craters!
Pluto:
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Charon:
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Both with enhanced color:
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Liquid during the early stages?
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Abdul Alhazred wrote: If you're smarter than a 5th grader you'd know better than to take multiple choice tests that are little better than push polls.

And you're still wrong.

Eris or Sedna or some Oort Cloud world yet unnamed. :coolspecs:
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Witness wrote:Look at the hi-res end, something's missing:
Spoiler:
craters!
Probably because that far out there's just fewer objects in the same volume of space, hence fewer collisions. There are still a few craters you can see in the other photos though.
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It's had retin-A therapy
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Anaxagoras wrote:
Witness wrote:Look at the hi-res end, something's missing:
Spoiler:
craters!
Probably because that far out there's just fewer objects in the same volume of space, hence fewer collisions. There are still a few craters you can see in the other photos though.
And doesn't spend much time in the common orbital plane. But damn,...
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Still, Witness may be on to something. Pluto may have a tectonic surface, for all we know
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Charon doesn't appear to have a lot of craters either.
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Charon used Clearasil
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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

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Close-up on Charon:

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I guess there are more craters there than on the close-up of Pluto, no?
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Re: On the way to Pluto at last!

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This simulated flyover of Pluto’s Norgay Montes (Norgay Mountains) and Sputnik Planum (Sputnik Plain) was created from New Horizons closest-approach images. Norgay Montes have been informally named for Tenzing Norgay, one of the first two humans to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Sputnik Planum is informally named for Earth’s first artificial satellite. The images were acquired by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) on July 14 from a distance of 48,000 miles (77,000 kilometers). Features as small as a half-mile (1 kilometer) across are visible. Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

And this:
Science Alert wrote:NASA’s New Horizon probe made it to Pluto with a PlayStation CPU for a brain

Probe suspected of playing Crash Bandicoot to pass time during 9-year journey.
PETER DOCKRILL
17 JUL 2015

New Horizon’s 9-year voyage across the Solar System to Pluto and beyond is the stuff scientific dreams are made of. But one of the most remarkable tidbits at the heart of NASA’s history-making endeavour is that the probe accomplished its epic feat with only a PlayStation 1 processor for a brain.

As pointed out by Alexandru Voica at tech blog Imagination, the same MIPS R3000 processor used to control New Horizon’s onboard systems once powered the first generation of Sony’s popular gaming console, which hit the market more than 20 years ago.

According to Voica, the MIPS R3000 CPU goes back even further than that – it was first used in workstations and servers as far back as the late 1980s. The chip on board New Horizon is a special, radiation-hardened version of the CPU, but its computational capabilities are only as powerful as the gaming console you used to play Tomb Raider on, back when Lara Croft was all chunky and polygonal. (Though still rather fetching, admittedly.)

James Vincent at The Verge says, “This isn’t unusual behaviour for NASA though, as the space agency always prefers the tried-and-tested to the cutting-edge. The next-generation Orion spacecraft, for example - the one that will hopefully take humans to Mars one day - is controlled by an IBM processor made back in 2002.”
http://www.sciencealert.com/nasa-s-new- ... or-a-brain
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The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.