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NH Ultima Thule Encounter Observations & Results, post-flyby discussion as the data arrives
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post Jan 4 2019, 01:16 AM
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This will be where we talk about the data as it arrives over the next 20 months or so.


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post Jan 6 2019, 02:40 AM
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Just made it a little smoother wink.gif


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post Jan 6 2019, 11:30 PM
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Can we expect more images by Friday 11th?
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post Jan 7 2019, 07:40 AM
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Which areas of Ultima Thule got the highest resolution coverage?
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post Jan 7 2019, 03:39 PM
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Posts concerning the search for a new target after Ultima Thule moved to the KBO Encounters thread. smile.gif


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post Jan 7 2019, 04:05 PM
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New Horizons is in solar conjunction, I think new data will be arriving next week

http://www.planetary.org/multimedia/space-...w-horizons.html

https://spacenews.com/new-horizons-complete...f-ultima-thule/
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post Jan 7 2019, 10:29 PM
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QUOTE (Gladstoner @ Jan 7 2019, 08:40 AM) *
Which areas of Ultima Thule got the highest resolution coverage?


They did not release that information. They took one stripe of images as they did the closest flyby. Assuming it was a horizontal shot across the "center" some of Ultima ( the big lobe ), might be imaged, bearing in mind when the load was sent up they did not fully know the shape or spin rate.
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post Jan 7 2019, 11:46 PM
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The LORRI field of view in the highest-resolution "CA06" LORRI images is just a bit bigger than the size of the target, so with luck we could get the whole thing. The relatively slow rotation means that we'll cover much the same face as seen in the images already down, though of course from a somewhat different angle.

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post Jan 8 2019, 08:18 AM
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QUOTE (hendric @ Jan 7 2019, 04:05 PM) *
New Horizons is in solar conjunction, I think new data will be arriving next week


There was one more DSN downlink from NH received right after the last news conference, but that may have been mostly engineering data -- hard to tell.
(DSN Now was being flakey during that - hopefully the DSN itself wasn't, and the download went OK.)
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post Jan 10 2019, 04:11 AM
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Canberra is listening and talking to New Horizons according to DSN Now.

(Rubs his hands impatiently)
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post Jan 10 2019, 12:19 PM
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QUOTE (Ron Hobbs @ Jan 10 2019, 04:11 AM) *
Canberra is listening and talking to New Horizons according to DSN Now.

(Rubs his hands impatiently)


Finally! Can't wait to get some new data smile.gif
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post Jan 11 2019, 10:16 AM
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An excellent article was just posted by the NH team about Ultima-Thule :
"Overview of initial results from the reconnaissance flyby of a Kuiper Belt planetesimal: 2014 MU69"
https://arxiv.org/abs/1901.02578

CONGRATULATIONS again to the NH team ftr this incredible feat ! smile.gif
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post Jan 11 2019, 05:52 PM
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Does anyone know when the next press conference will be or if it has been scheduled?
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post Jan 12 2019, 09:50 AM
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QUOTE (vikingmars @ Jan 11 2019, 10:16 AM) *
An excellent article was just posted by the NH team about Ultima-Thule :
"Overview of initial results from the reconnaissance flyby of a Kuiper Belt planetesimal: 2014 MU69"
https://arxiv.org/abs/1901.02578

CONGRATULATIONS again to the NH team ftr this incredible feat ! smile.gif

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Little significant color variegation across either lobe has been detected as of this writing

There's a new word I learned today - variegation.

Excited to hear all this information (however preliminary) coming in from the mission. Glad they picked up on the colour variation near the "neck".

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post Jan 13 2019, 09:47 AM
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Trying to sharpen
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