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    As the New Horizons spacecraft approaches Pluto, I figured I'd start a thread to discuss it.

    Apparently it is supposed to be up and running again today after going into "safe mode" on July 4.
    https://www.nasa.gov/nh/new-horizons...nce-operations
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    • #3
      Been looking forward to this for a long time. Hope it has a successfull run.

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        Fascinating!
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        • #5
          Originally posted by stfoskey15 View Post
          As the New Horizons spacecraft approaches Pluto, I figured I'd start a thread to discuss it.

          Apparently it is supposed to be up and running again today after going into "safe mode" on July 4.
          https://www.nasa.gov/nh/new-horizons...nce-operations
          Pluto is getting miffed with everyone spying on him. He just wants to be left alone and be told that he's a "good boy" on occasion. Is that too much to ask?



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            He looks a lot more upset that you put fly paper on the TP roll again...


            So, we're finally gonna get some good pics of everyone's favorite iceball that may or may not be a planet, depending on who you talk to, huh?


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            • #7
              More updates:
              http://www.nbcnews.com/science/space...hought-n391321

              Apparently we won't be learning anything new tomorrow because the space probe will be too busy collecting data.
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              • #8
                Pluto and its larger moon Charon.
                pluto-charon-630px.jpg
                Current photo of Pluto, more to come.
                nh-7-13-15_pluto_image_nasa-jhuapl-swri-582x410.jpg

                stfosky's link is more upto date:
                Originally posted by stfoskey15 View Post
                More updates:
                http://www.nbcnews.com/science/space...hought-n391321

                Apparently we won't be learning anything new tomorrow because the space probe will be too busy collecting data.
                150713-pluto3_bac0ce23464ab9ff9843061c405ad841.nbcnews-fp-360-360.jpg

                hmm... all three images show essentially the same face of Pluto.
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                • #9
                  Your most up-to-date source of information will probably be http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/

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                  • #10
                    Maybe I'm misunderstanding it, but if Pluto's moon Charon is larger than Pluto, why isn't Pluto the one orbiting the greater in mass Charon?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Knowing Thomas View Post
                      Maybe I'm misunderstanding it, but if Pluto's moon Charon is larger than Pluto, why isn't Pluto the one orbiting the greater in mass Charon?
                      Charon is smaller than Pluto. Charon is larger than Pluto's other moons.

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                        Originally posted by Knowing Thomas View Post
                        Maybe I'm misunderstanding it, but if Pluto's moon Charon is larger than Pluto, why isn't Pluto the one orbiting the greater in mass Charon?
                        Charon is a little over half the size of Pluto.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by 37818 View Post
                          Pluto and its larger moon Charon.
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                          Current photo of Pluto, more to come.
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                          stfosky's link is more upto date:

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                          hmm... all three images show essentially the same face of Pluto.
                          Pluto's rotation period is something like 6.4 days, IIRC. That's a relatively long timescale compared to the flyby timeline.
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                            Originally posted by Knowing Thomas View Post
                            Maybe I'm misunderstanding it, but if Pluto's moon Charon is larger than Pluto, why isn't Pluto the one orbiting the greater in mass Charon?
                            Technically, Charon could be smaller yet greater in mass (a highly unlikely scenario, however). Charon, as has already been stated, is about half the size of Pluto, with similar composition. Because they are so close in mass, Charon does not orbit Pluto; they both orbit around a center of mass off the surface of Pluto.
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                              Originally posted by One Bad Pig View Post
                              Technically, Charon could be smaller yet greater in mass (a highly unlikely scenario, however). Charon, as has already been stated, is about half the size of Pluto, with similar composition. Because they are so close in mass, Charon does not orbit Pluto; they both orbit around a center of mass off the surface of Pluto.
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