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Post by swellman » Sun Jun 03, 2007 2:32 am

Nice shot of Europa rising over Jupiter.

They are still downloading data from New Horizons.

More here.

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Jun 03, 2007 3:06 am

Ooh!

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Post by Luke T. » Tue Jun 05, 2007 6:56 pm

New Horizons is now 3770526490 kilometers away from Pluto!

Wait, New Horizons is now 3770525755 kilometers away from Pluto!

No, wait! New Horizons is now 3770525380 kilometers away from Pluto!

Sucker's moving!
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Post by Luke T. » Tue Jun 05, 2007 6:56 pm

Awesome photos of the plume and of Europa rising. Mindblowing stuff.
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu Jun 21, 2007 3:57 pm

Update:

Nap Before You Sleep For Your Cruise Into The Abyss Of Outer Sol [ Space Daily ]
Since I last wrote in mid-May, New Horizons has continued its traverse down the magnetotail of Jupiter. That final phase of our Jupiter flyby science will conclude tomorrow, on June 21. At that point, we will be 1.25 astronomical units, or about 120 million miles, from Jupiter. (For Jupiter aficionados, that's about 2,300 Jupiter radii from the planet).

...

Speaking of hibernation, we're about to embark on our first operational hibernation phase of the mission! That will begin in less than a week, on June 27. We'll hibernate this first time for just two weeks, before bringing the spacecraft out of its slumber for 10 days of activity (and the opening of our Alice ultraviolet spectrometer's solar occultation port). Then we'll go back into hibernation for about a month, until Aug. 20.

During each of these phases, we'll listen in on the spacecraft's beacon tone transmissions (which indicate its status) twice a week. We'll also downlink telemetry twice a week to trend how the active subsystems are doing.

These contacts will be much more frequent than the weekly beacon tone transmits and monthly telemetry downloads we'll do in mature hibernation beginning in March 2008, but since we're gaining experience with hibernation, we want more frequent contacts and greater insight. This walk-before-you-run ("nap before you sleep") philosophy is the most prudent way to enter hibernation.

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Sweet dreams, New Horizons. :)






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Post by swellman » Sun Jul 08, 2007 6:16 pm

New Horizons crosses the orbit of Saturn exactly 11 months from today!
New Horizons' next checkpoint comes on June 8, 2008, when it passes the orbit of Saturn.




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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Jul 08, 2007 8:42 pm

A cheap bump is good for newbies, and is therefore good for the forum. 8)
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Post by DrMatt » Sun Jul 08, 2007 11:57 pm

swellman wrote:New Horizons crosses the orbit of Saturn exactly 11 months from today!
New Horizons' next checkpoint comes on June 8, 2008, when it passes the orbit of Saturn.




(A cheap bump of my favorite thread.)
That reminds me. Saturn is the furthest of mobile things known since antiquity. Did anybody make up a 29-year mystical cycle for it?
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Post by Schneibster » Mon Jul 16, 2007 7:12 am

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Woa . . . dude!

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu Aug 02, 2007 3:55 pm

Update:

Outbound To The Outerplanets At 7 AU [ Space Daily ]

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Post by swellman » Sat Oct 06, 2007 8:59 pm

October update:

Checking Out New Horizons
Since I last wrote here, at the start of August, New Horizons has already traveled another 100 million kilometers from the Sun, putting us more than 7.5 Astronomical Units out, roughly halfway between Jupiter and Saturn. By the middle of next year, we’ll be beyond Saturn’s orbit, where Cassini is. That will make New Horizons the farthest spacecraft on its way to or at its target.
Much more in the article for those interested.

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sat Oct 06, 2007 9:10 pm

A great reminder of just how fast it is compared to previous craft.
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Mon Oct 15, 2007 1:34 pm

A quick snapshot of passing scenery courtesy of NASA: http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap071015.html
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Post by swellman » Mon Nov 26, 2007 5:15 am

More news on the status of the New Horizons in this month's update.

They are having some computer problems, though the situation seems under control.
...a cosmic ray or some other kind of charged particle caused our main computer to reboot. This is the fourth such computer reboot we have had in flight caused by space radiation bursts. Preflight predictions were for these events to be far more rare than this, and our engineering team is looking into why this is occurring more often than predicted. Fortunately, on the four occasions this occurred, the onboard spacecraft autonomy software performed as planned and recovered New Horizons safely.
Cosmic ray reboot. Very funky.

There are other computer problems described in the full article. Also some fancy diagrams of the Pluto system during closest approach of NH.

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Mon Nov 26, 2007 5:26 am

HONK! :)

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Post by DrMatt » Mon Nov 26, 2007 10:50 am

:P

Reality is what it is, and your second grade teacher will just have to come to grips with reality, same as the rest of us.

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Mon Nov 26, 2007 12:51 pm

DrMatt wrote::P

Reality is what it is, and your second grade teacher will just have to come to grips with reality, same as the rest of us.

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Indeed.

Dwarves are a separate species only in folklore, the works of Tolkein and his imitators, and various fantasy role playing games.


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Post by gnome » Mon Nov 26, 2007 4:30 pm

Ok folks, we're about to cross Saturn's orbit... anyone need a pit stop, some twinkies and Coke, whatever?
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Post by DrMatt » Mon Nov 26, 2007 4:34 pm

gnome wrote:Ok folks, we're about to cross Saturn's orbit... anyone need a pit stop, some twinkies and Coke, whatever?
Titan is a planet. :p
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Mon Nov 26, 2007 5:53 pm

DrMatt wrote:
gnome wrote:Ok folks, we're about to cross Saturn's orbit... anyone need a pit stop, some twinkies and Coke, whatever?
Titan is a planet. :p
You already know why this is wrong. :x

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