On the way to Pluto at last!

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Back on topic please.

What New Horizons does for an encore.

New Horizons on track to pass Kuiper 2014 MU69 within 12000 kms in 2019
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Visit yet another planet.

It is a planet, right? :notsure:


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Honk!
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Clearly not a planet:

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HONK!

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Doctor X wrote:HONK!

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NASA’s New Horizons probe woke up today to prep for its next deep space flyby
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, which flew by Pluto in July of 2015, woke up today from hibernation mode in preparation for its next rendezvous with a space rock at the edge of the Solar System. The vehicle came out of its slumber 3.7 billion miles from Earth, as it’s speeding toward an icy body nicknamed Ultima Thule that orbits the Sun way beyond Neptune. Now that the spacecraft is awake, the mission team has a very full schedule through 2018: the flyby will take place on January 1st, 2019.
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"An artistic rendering of Ultima Thule, based on measurements taken by the New Horizons team Image: NASA"

It's just a large lumpy rock, about 20 miles in diameter. Still, cool! Anything else is just gravy anyway. It already accomplished what it was supposed to.
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Scientists reveal the secrets behind Pluto’s dunes

Following spatial analysis of the dunes and nearby wind streaks on the planet’s surface, as well as spectral and numerical modelling, scientists believe that sublimation (which converts solid nitrogen directly into a gas) results in sand-sized grains of methane being released into the environment.

These are then transported by Pluto’s moderate winds (which can reach between 30 and 40 kmh), with the border of the ice plain and mountain range providing the perfect location for such regular surface formations to appear.

The scientists also believe the undisturbed morphology of the dunes and their relationship with the underlying glacial ice suggests the features are likely to have been formed within the last 500,000 years, and possibly much more recently.
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Dr Eric Parteli, Lecturer in Computational Geosciences at the University of Cologne, said:
“On Earth, you need a certain strength of wind to release sand particles into the air, but winds that are 20% weaker are then sufficient to maintain transport. The considerably lower gravity of Pluto, and the extremely low atmospheric pressure, means the winds needed to maintain sediment transport can be 50 times lower. The temperature gradients in the granular ice layer, caused by solar radiation, also play an important role in the onset of the saltation process. Put together, we have found that these combined processes can form dunes under normal, everyday wind conditions on Pluto.”
https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/news/scienti ... utos-dunes

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New Horizons is not quite done yet!

https://www.cnet.com/news/nasa-to-photo ... ars-flyby/
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New plans afoot beyond Pluto
Alan Stern in Space Daily
New Horizons is healthy and continuing to send data back from the flyby of the Kuiper Belt object (KBO) Arrokoth back in late 2018 and early 2019, even as it speeds deeper into the Kuiper Belt and farther from the Earth and the Sun.

By next spring, New Horizons will be 50 times as far from the Sun as the Earth is - only the fifth operating spacecraft to reach that distance. But as far as we've come, there's much more ahead! We plan to upgrade the spacecraft system and instrument software aboard New Horizons to enhance the mission's scientific capabilities and to search for new KBO targets to study or even fly by. I'll describe both of those plans just below.

But before I do that, I want to share some other news: NASA has approved my nomination of five new co-investigators on our mission science team! All five of these talented scientists worked on our Arrokoth flyby, and most were involved in the Pluto flyby as well. Their appointment to co-investigator status is recognition of their growing role on the team and their hard work and productivity over the few past years.

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