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(Phys Org2)   LORRI will photograph Pluto, look for Carl, beginning in 2015   (phys.org ) divider line
    More: Cool, Long Range Reconnaissance Imager, Southwest Research Institute, New Horizons, Alan Stern, fixed stars, Hydra, ring systems, Red Planet  
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2014-01-15 12:50:22 PM  
I approve of this headline.
 
2014-01-15 01:19:27 PM  
 
2014-01-15 01:45:46 PM  
The Walking Dead is everywhere...
 
2014-01-15 01:50:04 PM  
"Humankind hasn't had an experience like this-an encounter with a new planet-in a long time," he says. "Everything we see on Pluto will be a revelation."

It's not a planet, asshole, it's a plutoid! Get with the program, egghead! All it is is the beginnings of the  Kuiper belt...
 
2014-01-15 01:59:18 PM  
If my quickly scribbled math is right (never a sure bet) then the spacecraft is travelling 61,111 feet per second.  That is roughly 18X the speed of a bullet fired from my main moose hunting rifle.

Sometimes...sometimes...we humans do some awesome things.
 
2014-01-15 01:59:51 PM  
Well you know where he's not
 
2014-01-15 02:01:49 PM  
i believe that rick pronounces his son's name "coral," not "carl."
 
2014-01-15 02:02:28 PM  
 
2014-01-15 02:37:54 PM  

abhorrent1: dittybopper: I'm excited.   My name is on that spacecraft.

You can do it again

http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/january/nasa-invites-public-to-send-n am es-on-an-asteroid-mission-and-beyond/#.Utba3bSiJMs


I've also talked to an interplanetary spacecraft.  Using Morse code.

Beat that.
 
2014-01-15 02:55:01 PM  

dittybopper: abhorrent1: dittybopper: I'm excited.   My name is on that spacecraft.

You can do it again

http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/january/nasa-invites-public-to-send-n am es-on-an-asteroid-mission-and-beyond/#.Utba3bSiJMs

I've also talked to an interplanetary spacecraft.  Using Morse code.

Beat that.


Didn't know it was a contest. Was just sharing the link
 
2014-01-15 02:59:44 PM  
www.quickmeme.com
 
2014-01-15 03:09:02 PM  

abhorrent1: dittybopper: abhorrent1: dittybopper: I'm excited.   My name is on that spacecraft.

You can do it again

http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/january/nasa-invites-public-to-send-n am es-on-an-asteroid-mission-and-beyond/#.Utba3bSiJMs

I've also talked to an interplanetary spacecraft.  Using Morse code.

Beat that.

Didn't know it was a contest. Was just sharing the link


This is Fark.  It's a contest.
 
2014-01-15 03:23:16 PM  
I love how the guy in charge of the project is still all butt hurt of the IAU reclassifying Pluto and Pluto-like objects as dwarf planets.
 
2014-01-15 03:25:40 PM  
We got a bad ass here.
 
2014-01-15 06:04:43 PM  
I get such an astronomy boner every time this mission is mentioned
 
2014-01-15 06:32:02 PM  
Still bitter about Pluto being downgraded. The "scientists" took away my childhood and understanding of the system with that one ill-conceived thought, and it has left me empty.

/never getting over it
 
2014-01-15 07:22:31 PM  

ReverendJynxed: Still bitter about Pluto being downgraded. The "scientists" took away my childhood and understanding of the system with that one ill-conceived thought, and it has left me empty.

/never getting over it


There's no such thing as "Brontosaurus".
 
2014-01-15 08:24:06 PM  

Hollie Maea: ReverendJynxed: Still bitter about Pluto being downgraded. The "scientists" took away my childhood and understanding of the system with that one ill-conceived thought, and it has left me empty.

/never getting over it

There's no such thing as "Brontosaurus".


NOOOOOOOOOO
 
2014-01-15 09:19:00 PM  
I remember watching Voyager 2's flyby of Neptune live on TV back in 1989., seeing the first images arrive in black and white, later getting overlaid with colour...

Kinda blew my mind back then (and still does now) that all of that information took eight hours to reach us, at the speed of light.

I also saw Halley's Comet as a kid. And that sucked.

/csb?
 
2014-01-15 10:20:14 PM  
New Horizons' flyby of Pluto will occur almost exactly 50 years after Mariner 4's flyby of Mars-and it could shock observers just as much.

So which is it? Exactly or almost? You can't have both.
 
2014-01-16 12:30:28 AM  

ReverendJynxed: Still bitter about Pluto being downgraded. The "scientists" took away my childhood and understanding of the system with that one ill-conceived thought, and it has left me empty.

/never getting over it


That's messed up.
 
2014-01-16 08:12:59 AM  

Veritas: I remember watching Voyager 2's flyby of Neptune live on TV back in 1989., seeing the first images arrive in black and white, later getting overlaid with colour...

Kinda blew my mind back then (and still does now) that all of that information took eight hours to reach us, at the speed of light.

I also saw Halley's Comet as a kid. And that sucked.

/csb?


Hale-Bopp was pretty spectacular, though.
 
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