TheHappyFriar wrote on 7/10/2015, 8:06 PM
I've heard the photos will change the world... like microwaves, the nuclear bomb or radio waves! :)
Chienworks wrote on 7/10/2015, 10:55 PM
Just think, when New Horizons left Earth, Pluto was still a planet! I wonder if anyone's told it that it's destination has been demoted yet.
DGates wrote on 7/11/2015, 12:29 AM
Probably the most significant thing is that this is the last large body that we will ever see visited. The last 50 years in outer space exploration have been akin to the five hundred years of global exploration on this planet that ended around 1600. The planets (and former planets) have now all been visited. The travel time and technology needed exclude us from doing this for planetary bodies outside our solar system.
Hulk wrote on 7/13/2015, 10:09 PM
While it's still classified as a dwarf planet recent data has provided a more precise size of Pluto and it is once again the largest KBO known. A little larger than we thought (or at the upper range of estimates) and less dense that originally calculated.

CH4 ice confirmed at the poles and molecular nitrogen coming off the atmosphere at a much greater rate than expected.

So much data will be coming over the next year!
DGates wrote on 7/14/2015, 3:50 AM
I'm boycotting the next few days. I want to be knocked out when I see the imagery. This bit about it getting slightly clearer and clearer each day is losing the dramatic punch. I'll tune in on Friday to see all the amazing pics.
Hulk wrote on 7/14/2015, 7:15 AM
All of the data (60GB) won't be downloaded to Earth until October 2016 so you'll have to wait quite a while if you want to see all the best data.

NASA released a pretty amazing "teaser" of what's to come early today.
riredale wrote on 7/15/2015, 11:16 AM
The planet's orange hue shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. Take a look at an earlier low-resolution image.
PeterDuke wrote on 7/15/2015, 10:58 PM
I like it!
DGates wrote on 7/15/2015, 11:38 PM
"...All of the data (60GB) won't be downloaded to Earth until October 2016 so you'll have to wait quite a while if you want to see all the best data..."

Wouldn't it suck if it made it to Pluto ok, only to hit a stray rock out there afterward? 16 months is a long time to retrieve the data.
JJKizak wrote on 7/16/2015, 6:41 AM
A week before the probe passed Pluto it went to it's secondary backup hardrive system and was successfully restored back to it's primary system 4 hours before the scheduled data pass at an 8000 mile altitude. Pluto has ice mountains 11,000 feet high with no meteor craters and is 4.5 billion years old and approximately 1500 miles in diameter.
dxdy wrote on 7/16/2015, 6:50 AM
"16 months is a long time to retrieve the data."

Maybe if they used USB3 and had GPU enabled, it would go faster.

(Couldn't resist).
Chienworks wrote on 7/16/2015, 7:19 AM
I'm also hoping SETI is wise enough to ignore the New Horizons data stream.
Gary James wrote on 7/16/2015, 9:05 AM
The most amazing fact about is this mission is that after a 9 year flight spanning 4.67 BILLION miles, the little spacecraft missed its scheduled rendezvous time by about 70 seconds. That's 70 seconds out of ~9 years.
Chienworks wrote on 7/16/2015, 10:34 AM
.00002465% !!!!!

The error caused by the confusion between 29.97 and 29.97002997002997... is a whopping
0.0001% by comparison, over 40 times as big!

In perspective, New Horizon's error is about the same as NTSC skipping one frame every 22.564 minutes, or splicing out one bad frame of a movie reel every 28 minutes, 10.606 seconds.

Not bad at all for not having been able to take into account all gravitational perturbances.
Red Prince wrote on 7/16/2015, 2:08 PM
You might enjoy this interview:

He who knows does not speak; he who speaks does not know.
                    — Lao Tze in Tao Te Ching

Can you imagine the silence if everyone only said what he knows?
                    — Karel Čapek (The guy who gave us the word “robot” in R.U.R.)

Chienworks wrote on 7/18/2015, 10:17 AM

My cousin Rob stopped in for a visit and is sitting here right now telling me about his last project before he retired from Honeywell, which was that his team built and shipped the guidance system that's in New Horizons!!!

I'm related to fame. :)
Skywatcher wrote on 7/18/2015, 11:57 AM
I love this stuff!!!! The math required to hit a KBO millions of mile away and you can barely see it is remarkable. I still struggle with 1+1=3 . . . . . um, 2 . . . I think?

Great work NHT!!!