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Post by swellman » Mon Jan 29, 2007 6:47 pm

The latest images of Jupiter, updated as new pics come in.

http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/soc/

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Mon Jan 29, 2007 7:07 pm

swellman wrote:The latest images of Jupiter, updated as new pics come in.

http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/soc/
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Post by Bearguin » Mon Jan 29, 2007 7:19 pm

[whine]

Are we there yet???????

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Post by gnome » Tue Jan 30, 2007 12:11 am

Don't make me turn this space probe around!

And you should have gone to the bathroom at Ganymede like I told you!
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Post by Kristopher » Tue Jan 30, 2007 12:19 am

gnome wrote:Don't make me turn this space probe around!

And you should have gone to the bathroom at Ganymede like I told you!
But I didn't have to go then!!
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Hey! I called shotgun!

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Post by Doctor X » Tue Jan 30, 2007 6:47 am

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Post by swellman » Thu Feb 01, 2007 4:30 am

A more detailed version of the Jupiter flyby trajectory has been added to the NH site. Also some nice color photos of Jupiter.

http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/mission/whereis_nh_jupiter.php

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Post by swellman » Sun Feb 11, 2007 12:55 pm

Just 17 days until closest approach to Jupiter.

17 days! :HoppingMad: :HoppingMad2:

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Post by DrMatt » Sun Feb 11, 2007 1:41 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:
swellman wrote:The latest images of Jupiter, updated as new pics come in.

http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/soc/
Thanks.
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Feb 16, 2007 3:43 pm

Another update on the Jupiter flyby from Space Daily

All Calm On Approach To Jupiter For Flyby

8)
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Post by swellman » Sat Feb 17, 2007 12:19 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:Another update on the Jupiter flyby from Space Daily

All Calm On Approach To Jupiter For Flyby

8)
I like this line from the postscript:
And just think, today [15 Feb] is the last day we could possibly have launched to Pluto on the Atlas 5. It would have been good to fly even at this late date, but it would have been a 13-plus-year slog with no Jupiter encounter along the way.
Longer mission without the Jupiter slingshot and nothing to observe until Pluto. Would have been a slow ride.

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu Mar 01, 2007 4:26 pm

Update: Jupiter flyby all is peachy. :bigthumb:

Pluto-Bound New Horizons Spacecraft Gets A Boost From Jupiter (Space Daily)
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft successfully completed a flyby of Jupiter early this morning, using the massive planet's gravity to pick up speed on its 3-billion mile voyage to Pluto and the unexplored Kuiper Belt region beyond. "We're on our way to Pluto," says New Horizons Mission Operations Manager Alice Bowman, of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md. "The swingby was a success; the spacecraft is on course and performed just as we expected."

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Post by swellman » Fri Mar 02, 2007 1:17 am

Check out this chart.

Nice little boost.

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Post by swellman » Sun Mar 04, 2007 3:22 pm

Nice clear photo of Tvashtar's Plume erupting on Io.

<img src="http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/gallery/mission ... 030107.jpg" width=420>
This processed image provides the best view yet of the enormous 290-kilometer (180-mile) high plume from the volcano Tvashtar, in the 11 o'clock direction near Io's north pole. The plume was first seen by the Hubble Space Telescope two weeks ago and then by New Horizons on February 26; this image is clearer than the February 26 image because Io was closer to the spacecraft, the plume was more backlit by the Sun, and a longer exposure time (75 milliseconds versus 20 milliseconds) was used.

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Post by swellman » Sun Mar 18, 2007 9:11 pm

While NH will continue to observe Jupiter for some time, there is little on the mission I can get excited about until it reaches Pluto.

As always, this link shows the updated position of the spacecraft.

The NH site currently lists
Next up: Saturn

New Horizons' next checkpoint comes on June 8, 2008, when it passes the orbit of Saturn.

Projected Orbit Crossing Dates

Uranus: March 18, 2011
Neptune: August 24, 2014
Pluto: July 14, 2015
Of course, none of the outer planets will be anywhere near NH when it crosses their orbit until Pluto. So 8 more years of waiting.

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Mar 18, 2007 10:27 pm

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Post by gnome » Mon Mar 19, 2007 12:06 am

Abdul Alhazred wrote:
swellman wrote:Smoke 'em if you got 'em.
:Yippeee:
Ahem, sorry, the space probes gave up their smoking sections sometime in the 80s... didn't anyone tell you before you came on board?
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu Apr 05, 2007 2:27 am

<br>New Horizons at Io (NASA)

A gee-whiz pic taken out the window while zipping past. 8)
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Post by DrMatt » Thu Apr 05, 2007 12:04 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:<br>New Horizons at Io (NASA)

A gee-whiz pic taken out the window while zipping past. 8)
Composite picture, actually. The color data is from Earth-based telescopes, and has been mapped onto the surface to provide a context for the volcanic plume. Pretty realistic anyhow.
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