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Offline PopeyesPappy

New Horizons Ultima Thule Flyby
« on: January 01, 2019, 11:30:13 AM »
The New Horizons probe made its flyby of the Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule last night. The initial telemetry data received 6 plus hours later indicates everything went as planned. We should be getting the initial images later today. It is going to take about a year to downlink all the data. It takes a while at 1 kilobit per second.
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Re: New Horizons Ultima Thule Flyby
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2019, 11:50:29 AM »
NASA should get an internet upgrade!
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Re: New Horizons Ultima Thule Flyby
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2019, 12:04:11 PM »
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NASA should get an internet upgrade!
And it install it on that flying hunk a junk out beyond the beyond?
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Re: New Horizons Ultima Thule Flyby
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2019, 01:15:50 PM »
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SkyNet ;-)
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Offline PopeyesPappy

Re: New Horizons Ultima Thule Flyby
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2019, 03:35:26 PM »
First decent image.

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Re: New Horizons Ultima Thule Flyby
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2019, 03:41:14 PM »
Ultimate snowman?
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Re: New Horizons Ultima Thule Flyby
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2019, 03:42:13 PM »
Watch as some pro-choice asshole says "it looks like a foetus....don't abort the mission!"
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Re: New Horizons Ultima Thule Flyby
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2019, 06:18:23 PM »


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In this video, we will talk about the Ultima Thule encounter and specifically, interesting facts about the mission and how it influences our understanding of the solar system

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Here's the Brian May video Anton mentioned:

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Re: New Horizons Ultima Thule Flyby
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2019, 07:14:51 AM »
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NASA should get an internet upgrade!

It was launched with 2006 software, you understand, right?
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Offline Cavebear

Re: New Horizons Ultima Thule Flyby
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2019, 07:17:02 AM »
Great to see some pics though!  Another outstanding flight from NASA...  I thank them.
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Re: New Horizons Ultima Thule Flyby
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2019, 07:32:34 AM »
APOD has an animation of the dirty little snowman's rotation.
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Re: New Horizons Ultima Thule Flyby
« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2019, 02:07:01 PM »
I'm looking forward to the time we can grab an asteroid like UT and put it in either Earth or Lunar orbit. Then we can both mine it and maybe turn it into a habitat for humanity. And then we can do it again, and again, and...
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Re: New Horizons Ultima Thule Flyby
« Reply #12 on: January 05, 2019, 02:15:52 PM »
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I'm looking forward to the time we can grab an asteroid like UT and put it in either Earth or Lunar orbit. Then we can both mine it and maybe turn it into a habitat for humanity. And then we can do it again, and again, and...

With you on that!  Let's have the Belters...
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Offline Baruch

Re: New Horizons Ultima Thule Flyby
« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2019, 02:59:02 PM »
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I'm looking forward to the time we can grab an asteroid like UT and put it in either Earth or Lunar orbit. Then we can both mine it and maybe turn it into a habitat for humanity. And then we can do it again, and again, and...

Sorry, will be used as a weapon, dropping an small asteroid on an Earth target.  Humanity only knows how to make war.
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Offline PopeyesPappy

Re: New Horizons Ultima Thule Flyby
« Reply #14 on: January 06, 2019, 10:11:06 AM »
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It was launched with 2006 software, you understand, right?

The software New Horizons launched with bears little resemblance to the software it has now. It has been updated several times. The slow transmit data rate is a hardware issue. Primary communication is via a pair of 12 watt transmitter connected to an 83" parabolic dish. It's a miracle of modern science that we can receive the signals at all at that distance. As the probe gets further away they have to slow the data rate in order to receive it. When it passed Jupiter is was transmitting at 38 kbps. At Pluto is was down to 2 kbps. Half a billion miles later at Ultima Thule they have slowed it to 1 kbps.

By comparison the Voyager I probe uses a 22 watt transmitter connected to a 12' dish. It has a more powerful transmitter connected to a much larger antenna, it currently transmits at 160 bits per second, but at nearly 12 billion miles from Earth it is nearly 3 times further from us than the New Horizons probe.
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