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How far will NH pass by Pluto?, - and will it be possible to effect a meaningful course change?
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post Apr 16 2008, 02:16 PM
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So, from what I gather, NH will pass by Pluto at a speed of around 14 km/s. I know it won't be able to slow down in any way, and will continue into deep space afterwards, but is a substantial course change envisaged at Pluto, or will it fly by so far away that the course change will be negligible?

I realise that the instruments must be optimised for a pass at a certain distance, but what distance is that and could it possible by reduced with no ill effects?

It would be mindblowing if a low pass over Pluto could be planned so that NH will fly close by Charon as well, wouldn't it? - Or maybe even - to go really out on a limb - a few high-speed figure 8's around both bodies, before the probe continues on its merry way. smile.gif Would that even be physically possible?

At least I'm not suggesting aero-braking if Pluto turns out to have a tenuous atmosphere. blink.gif
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- Oersted   How far will NH pass by Pluto?   Apr 16 2008, 02:16 PM
- - djellison   QUOTE (Oersted @ Apr 16 2008, 03:16 PM) W...   Apr 16 2008, 02:32 PM
- - ugordan   QUOTE (Oersted @ Apr 16 2008, 04:16 PM) ....   Apr 16 2008, 02:38 PM
- - jamescanvin   NH trajectory through the Pluto system (from NH we...   Apr 16 2008, 02:50 PM
|- - john_s   Last fall we changed this slightly, updating the c...   Apr 16 2008, 02:58 PM
|- - Alan Stern   QUOTE (john_s @ Apr 16 2008, 03:58 PM) La...   Apr 16 2008, 03:03 PM
|- - Alan Stern   QUOTE (Alan Stern @ Apr 16 2008, 04:03 PM...   Apr 16 2008, 03:04 PM
- - Greg Hullender   QUOTE (Oersted @ Apr 16 2008, 06:16 AM) O...   Apr 16 2008, 03:04 PM
|- - Oersted   QUOTE (Greg Hullender @ Apr 16 2008, 05:0...   Apr 16 2008, 06:38 PM
|- - Greg Hullender   QUOTE (Oersted @ Apr 16 2008, 10:38 AM) W...   Apr 17 2008, 04:12 AM
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|- - JRehling   QUOTE (jamescanvin @ Apr 16 2008, 07:12 A...   Apr 16 2008, 06:44 PM
|- - ugordan   My ballpark calculation assuming the impact parame...   Apr 16 2008, 07:21 PM
- - jamescanvin   I hope Alan doesn't mind but here is that Powe...   Apr 16 2008, 03:21 PM
- - nprev   Kinda figured as much...it's not very large, a...   Apr 16 2008, 07:40 PM
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- - siravan   Looking at the encounter image, it seems that the ...   Apr 17 2008, 01:35 AM
|- - brellis   To rephrase the original question: Kuiper Belt Ob...   Apr 17 2008, 05:53 AM
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