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Pluto!

Tomorrow, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will make it's closest approach of Pluto



Earth is getting its first chance for an up close and personal peek at Pluto, the ball of rock and ice orbiting at the furthest edge of our solar system.

It’s all thanks to New Horizons, a thousand-pound space probe NASA sent spinning through space at 31,000 miles per hour. The probe’s interstellar jaunt spanned more than 9 years and 3 billion miles. That’s one heck of a commute!

The pictures New Horizons will send back to Earth are the first of their kind, painting scientists a more vivid picture of the far-off dwarf planet. Armed with these new insights, we’ll be able to pave a path for the next milestone in mankind’s journey of cosmic discovery.
There will be all sorts of live streaming media all over the Interwebs, headed-up by NASA's own websites:

http://www.nasa.gov/newhorizons
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http://www.seeplutonow.com/

Of course, because of the design of the spacecraft, we won't actually see any of the best imagery until Wednesday.... here's why:

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Re: Pluto!

Scientists are hoping for imagery of Pluto and her moon Charon... if for no other reason than to have something to replace their current artistic rendering of the pair:

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Re: Pluto!

They've already gotten some really amazing pictures of the (dwarf) planet. Can't wait to see what else is in store.
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Re: Pluto!

They couldn't bother to animate the other 'O' as its moon Charon?
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From a speck to a planet (piss on that dwarf designation) in a few weeks! It's been incredible watching the new photos coming in! This is really an amazing achievement when you think about the distances and time involved. Science RULES! And I Pluto!
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Re: Pluto!

This is pretty cool:

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Re: Pluto!

"We have just completed the initial survey of our solar system!"

Great quote. Next, we need to send Ron Livingston and a sexy crew on a manned mission to all the planets.

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Most recent image, though not the closest view we'll get:

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Re: Pluto!

Originally Posted by Josh-da-man View Post
This is pretty cool:

Looks like he got the size exact, but screwed up the background. You win some, you lose some, Don Dixon.
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Re: Pluto!

Fake
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If you take away the "l" in Pluto you end up with Puto. Which means male slut in spanish.
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Originally Posted by kenbuzz View Post
funny how pluto was only a planet for 76 "earth years" and it takes 248 years for it to make one trip around the sun.

Pluto was only a planet for about a third of a year.
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Still think Pluto got screwed.
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Pluto is the Pete Best of planets.
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Re: Pluto!

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They couldn't bother to animate the other 'O' as its moon Charon?
Always naysaying! Everything I create! You create something like an animated Google logo. You sit in your tower...
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Originally Posted by stevevt View Post
Looks like he got the size exact, but screwed up the background. You win some, you lose some, Don Dixon.
Apparently Don didn't buy his black background from Walmart.

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New Horizons has signaled that it made it through Pluto's system! On to the Kuiper Belt!
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It's just a drone flying around in a huge Warner Bros. warehouse.
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It's just a drone flying around in a huge Warner Bros. warehouse.
lol
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Originally Posted by Bronkster View Post
New Horizons has signaled that it made it through Pluto's system! On to the Kuiper Belt!
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That's no moon...

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