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Post by brucesdad13 » Mon Jun 08, 2015 8:37 pm

orin stepanek wrote:Oh!!I can't wait! :D
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It's very exciting. We watched a video on the fly-by preview last weekend. Can't wait.

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Pluto & Charon
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Re: Where New Horizons is

Post by geckzilla » Mon Jun 22, 2015 3:06 am

I finally figured out how to do that "super resolution" thing the other night and tonight managed to put together a sequence of New Horizons LORRI images spanning from June 13 to June 21. The sequence is aligned on background stars, which are far off the edge and not shown. First, the images are shown overlapping each other so that their motions can be more easily discerned. Next, the animation shows them sequentially without the overlap. You can also see some features of Charon are definitely starting to appear.

A small preview:
NewHorizonsPlutoSequence_sm.gif
And the original is a 2.4M GIF file.
http://www.geckzilla.com/astro/NewHoriz ... quence.gif
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Re: Where New Horizons is (rendering)

Post by luxorion » Mon Jun 22, 2015 5:38 pm

Hi,
Here is a new rendering of Pluto, this time with additional craters (normal, as New Horizons is approching the dwarf planet, craters appear) :D
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More renderings at http://www.astrosurf.com/luxorion/alien ... erings.htm

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Post by luxorion » Wed Jun 24, 2015 2:39 pm

Animation of Pluto rotation based on New Horizons images recorded between 28 May and 3 June 2015.
NB. The definition is till to low to create a HD image. Let's hope that we could do it in July
pluton-2805-03062015-anim.gif
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Pluto and its Moon Charon, Now in Color
NASA | JPL-Caltech | New Horizons | 2015 Jun 22
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New Horizons Stays the Course to Pluto

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New Horizons Stays the Course to Pluto
NASA | JHU-APL | SwRI | New Horizons | 2015 July 01
[img3="These images show the difference between two sets of 48 combined 10-second exposures with New Horizons' Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) camera, taken at 8:40 UTC and 10:25 UTC on June 26, 2015, from a range of 21.5 million kilometers (approximately 13 million miles) to Pluto. The known small moons, Nix, Hydra, Kerberos and Styx, are visible as adjacent bright and dark pairs of dots, due to their motion in the 105 minutes between the two image sets.
(Credits: NASA/JHU-APL/SwRI)
"]http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files ... 15-143.jpg[/img3][hr][/hr]
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is getting a final “all clear” as it speeds closer to its historic July 14 flyby of Pluto and the dwarf planet’s five moons.

After seven weeks of detailed searches for dust clouds, rings, and other potential hazards, the New Horizons team has decided the spacecraft will remain on its original path through the Pluto system instead of making a late course correction to detour around any hazards. Because New Horizons is traveling at 30,800 mph (49,600 kph), a particle as small as a grain of rice could be lethal.

“We’re breathing a collective sigh of relief knowing that the way appears to be clear,” said Jim Green, director of planetary science at NASA. “The science payoff will be richer as we gather data from the optimal flight path, as opposed to having to conduct observations from one of the back-up trajectories.”

Mission scientists have been using the spacecraft’s most powerful telescopic camera, the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), to look for potential hazards, such as small moons, rings, or dust, since mid-May. The decision on whether to keep the spacecraft on its original course or adopt a Safe Haven by Other Trajectory, or "SHBOT" path, had to be made this week since the last opportunity to maneuver New Horizons onto an alternate trajectory is July 4. ...

Color Images Reveal Two Distinct Faces of Pluto
NASA | JHU-APL | SwRI | New Horizons | 2015 July 01
[img3="New color images from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft show two very different faces of the mysterious dwarf planet, one with a series of intriguing spots along the equator that are evenly spaced. (Credits: NASA/JHU-APL/SwRI)"]http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files ... a_swri.jpg[/img3][hr][/hr]
New color images from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft show two very different faces of the mysterious dwarf planet, one with a series of intriguing spots along the equator that are evenly spaced. Each of the spots is about 300 miles in diameter, with a surface area that’s roughly the size of the state of Missouri.

Scientists have yet to see anything quite like the dark spots; their presence has piqued the interest of the New Horizons science team, due to the remarkable consistency in their spacing and size. While the origin of the spots is a mystery for now, the answer may be revealed as the spacecraft continues its approach to the mysterious dwarf planet. “It’s a real puzzle—we don’t know what the spots are, and we can’t wait to find out,” said New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute, Boulder. “Also puzzling is the longstanding and dramatic difference in the colors and appearance of Pluto compared to its darker and grayer moon Charon.”

New Horizons team members combined black-and-white images of Pluto and Charon from the spacecraft’s Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) with lower-resolution color data from the Ralph instrument to produce these views. We see the planet and its largest moon in approximately true color, that is, the way they would appear if you were riding on the New Horizons spacecraft. About half of Pluto is imaged, which means features shown near the bottom of the dwarf planet are at approximately at the equatorial line. ...
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Re: Where New Horizons is

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Re: Where New Horizons is

Post by geckzilla » Sun Jul 05, 2015 3:40 am

This bit of news gave some avid NH followers a heart attack, but it seems like the mission will still be alright.
https://www.nasa.gov/nh/new-horizons-re ... ft-anomaly
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Re: Where New Horizons is

Post by orin stepanek » Sun Jul 05, 2015 10:51 am

No data; could that mean no pictures? I hope it doesn't take ten days!
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Re: Where New Horizons is

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Re: Where New Horizons is

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Re: Where New Horizons is

Post by THX1138 » Wed Jul 08, 2015 12:40 pm

The suspense is killing me period exclamation point . !
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Post by THX1138 » Thu Jul 09, 2015 7:55 am

In a picture that yahoo has posted today that scientists are calling the heart / The image is kind of blurry but do we know that, that is the surface of Pluto and not clouds or do we / I mean scientists already know that pluto has no clouds

Nevermind, answered this question with a little reading after i posted it
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Three-Billion-Mile Journey to Pluto Reaches Historic Encount

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NASA's Three-Billion-Mile Journey to Pluto Reaches Historic Encounter
NASA | JHU-APL | SwRI | New Horizons | 2015 July 14

[img3="Pluto nearly fills the frame in this image from the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) aboard NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, taken on July 13, 2015 when the spacecraft was 476,000 miles (768,000 kilometers) from the surface. This is the last and most detailed image sent to Earth before the spacecraft’s closest approach to Pluto on July 14. The color image has been combined with lower-resolution color information from the Ralph instrument that was acquired earlier on July 13. This view is dominated by the large, bright feature informally named the “heart,” which measures approximately 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) across. The heart borders darker equatorial terrains, and the mottled terrain to its east (right) are complex. However, even at this resolution, much of the heart’s interior appears remarkably featureless—possibly a sign of ongoing geologic processes.
Credits: NASA/JHU-APL/SwRI
"]http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files ... _color.png[/img3]


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Re: Three-Billion-Mile Journey to Pluto Reaches Historic Enc

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bystander wrote:NASA's Three-Billion-Mile Journey to Pluto Reaches Historic Encounter
NASA | JHU-APL | SwRI | New Horizons | 2015 July 14

[img3="Pluto nearly fills the frame in this image from the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) aboard NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, taken on July 13, 2015 when the spacecraft was 476,000 miles (768,000 kilometers) from the surface. This is the last and most detailed image sent to Earth before the spacecraft’s closest approach to Pluto on July 14. The color image has been combined with lower-resolution color information from the Ralph instrument that was acquired earlier on July 13. This view is dominated by the large, bright feature informally named the “heart,” which measures approximately 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) across. The heart borders darker equatorial terrains, and the mottled terrain to its east (right) are complex. However, even at this resolution, much of the heart’s interior appears remarkably featureless—possibly a sign of ongoing geologic processes.
Credits: NASA/JHU-APL/SwRI
"]http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files ... _color.png[/img3]
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Re: Three-Billion-Mile Journey to Pluto Reaches Historic Enc

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bystander wrote:NASA's Three-Billion-Mile Journey to Pluto Reaches Historic Encounter
NASA | JHU-APL | SwRI | New Horizons | 2015 July 14

[img3="Pluto nearly fills the frame in this image from the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) aboard NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, taken on July 13, 2015 when the spacecraft was 476,000 miles (768,000 kilometers) from the surface. This is the last and most detailed image sent to Earth before the spacecraft’s closest approach to Pluto on July 14. The color image has been combined with lower-resolution color information from the Ralph instrument that was acquired earlier on July 13. This view is dominated by the large, bright feature informally named the “heart,” which measures approximately 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) across. The heart borders darker equatorial terrains, and the mottled terrain to its east (right) are complex. However, even at this resolution, much of the heart’s interior appears remarkably featureless—possibly a sign of ongoing geologic processes.
Credits: NASA/JHU-APL/SwRI
"]http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files ... _color.png[/img3]


9 hours until New Horizons phones home.
As a color commentator, I note that the hue of the surface of Pluto appears to be almost identical everywhere. Some areas are bright, some are dark, but the underlying hue seems to be one and the same.

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Re: Where New Horizons is

Post by geckzilla » Tue Jul 14, 2015 7:17 pm

I don't think there's a real RGB image of Pluto coming... ever? Anyway, here's a false color image.
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Re: Where New Horizons is

Post by bystander » Tue Jul 14, 2015 7:25 pm

geckzilla wrote:I don't think there's a real RGB image of Pluto coming... ever? Anyway, here's a false color image.
There is supposed to be a data dump received from NH at about 8:55 pm EST.

as to the false-color

Pluto and Charon Shine in False Color
NASA | JHU-APL | SwRI | New Horizons | 2015 July 14
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