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Old 21st January 2015, 11:53 PM   #1
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Default Planet Pluto probe, nearing Pluto Jan 2015

Hi there: ref: New Horizons begins Pluto observations ahead of July flyby | NASASpaceFlight.com
The spacecraft is close enough to Planet Pluto in Jan 2015 to start observations. The flyby will reach its closest approach in July 2015. regards, Michael
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Old 22nd January 2015, 12:21 AM   #2
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I thought pluto was no longer considered a planet?
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Old 22nd January 2015, 12:28 AM   #3
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It's a minor planet now. Shares that distinction with a number of asteroids, including Ceres that just now coming into view of the Dawn probe's cameras. There's still a possibility of larger-than-Pluto planetoids out in the Kuiper Belt, but they'd be >way< out there and possibly somewhat out of the ecliptic.

I've only been waiting for the New Horizons Pluto mission all of my life; get it right, NASA, I may not live long enough for a second try! You promised us a Mars base in the late 80s, too...
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Old 22nd January 2015, 12:30 AM   #4
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xkcd: Ceres

Sod Mars base, where's my hover board!
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now, not naming names, but one could spend hours laffing their bag off on that site
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Old 22nd January 2015, 08:53 PM   #6
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He means that I just wiped out his evening and most of tomorrow reading all the cartoons. Rough translation 'laugh your (Insert body part here) off'.

My work here is done
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Old 22nd January 2015, 09:31 PM   #7
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Hi there: ref: New Horizons begins Pluto observations ahead of July flyby | NASASpaceFlight.com
The spacecraft is close enough to Planet Pluto in Jan 2015 to start observations. The flyby will reach its closest approach in July 2015. regards, Michael
Pluto pics yet?
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Old 23rd January 2015, 02:49 AM   #8
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He means that I just wiped out his evening and most of tomorrow reading all the cartoons. Rough translation 'laugh your (Insert body part here) off'.

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Indeed, and thanks - while most of the math references are over my head, I considered it overall all "snark for the thinking person"

Probably my favorite today was
"Valentine's Day - because love isn't already complicated enough"

And careful where you proffer my body parts to receive or make insertion into - that usually requires informed consent
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Old 23rd January 2015, 03:44 AM   #9
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Pluto pics yet?
Fuzzy blobs until around May or June, then it gets dramatic. But it'll take upwards of a year to download all of the flyby pics, because of the limited bandwidth/data rate at that extreme distance. There will be, almost certainly, surprises.

Unless the probe finds a nearly invisible dust ring the hard way.

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He means that I just wiped out his evening and most of tomorrow reading all the cartoons. Rough translation 'laugh your (Insert body part here) off'.

My work here is done
I read that as "taffing your bags off"; at my age, I should know better than to read small print without my glasses, that early in the morning. :/

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