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More than nine years in flight, many more years before that in the making--this is the time. Please post all comments related to New Horizon's passage through the Pluto system here.

What to expect

Reminder that despite the rather brief duration of the actual encounter, it will be literally months before all acquired data is returned so this thread will be active for an equivalent time. Intrepid TPS space journalist and UMSF admin Emily Lakdawalla has written an excellent guide to planned imagery activities. EDIT: Updated version of guide. Emily has also produced a simulation of the kinds of images that are anticipated.

FAQs

Most Forum members are advanced spaceflight enthusiasts; many are in fact professionals in space-related disciplines. Accordingly, there are no plans to post answers to questions that can be easily answered via a Google search, and we ask that everyone please attempt to do so before posting a question.

EDIT (4 Jul 15): Admin Astro0 has produced an extensive New Horizons FAQ thread.

EDIT: Review rule 1.9 and keep it firmly in mind before posting. Posts violating that rule will be deleted without notice.

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With all that said, the most important thing by far is to witness the marvel of discovery, of exploration, of New Horizons on worlds never before seen. This is the best seat in the house for doing so, right in the comfort of our own homes. As with previous major events in planetary exploration over the past decade it is likely that not only professionals but also the press may be watching the Forum during the coming days due to its hard-earned reputation as a place for noise-free commentary and stunning contributions by amateur image processors, so please bear this in mind...

...and I can't stop smiling with anticipation and excitement. smile.gif What marvelous things we will soon see. Enjoy the ride!!!


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- nprev   New Horizons Pluto System Final Approach   Jun 28 2015, 08:08 AM
- - um3k   I was born the same year Voyager visited Neptune, ...   Jun 28 2015, 12:48 PM
|- - Superstring   QUOTE (um3k @ Jun 28 2015, 12:48 PM) I wa...   Jun 28 2015, 06:16 PM
|- - Mercure   QUOTE (um3k @ Jun 28 2015, 02:48 PM) I wa...   Jun 29 2015, 07:10 PM
- - brellis   I remain curious about what can be learned from SO...   Jun 28 2015, 05:35 PM
- - Habukaz   First new world to be explored for the first time ...   Jun 28 2015, 07:01 PM
- - David S.   I always think twice before saying anything not to...   Jun 28 2015, 07:17 PM
- - Tom Tamlyn   Nature has posted an interesting non-technical art...   Jun 28 2015, 08:45 PM
- - nprev   MOD NOTE: My fault for not making this clear in th...   Jun 28 2015, 09:32 PM
- - jgoldader   Maybe a little fun; is there a poll facility on th...   Jun 28 2015, 10:45 PM
|- - Habukaz   The SOFIA telescope is observing Pluto occultating...   Jun 29 2015, 12:34 PM
- - JRehling   A bit of saccharine sentimentality, echoing an ear...   Jun 28 2015, 11:08 PM
|- - Mongo   QUOTE (JRehling @ Jun 28 2015, 11:08 PM) ...   Jun 28 2015, 11:37 PM
|- - Superstring   QUOTE (Mongo @ Jun 28 2015, 11:37 PM) The...   Jun 29 2015, 12:25 AM
- - Explorer1   Sedna too, assuming a propulsion breakthrough in a...   Jun 29 2015, 12:31 AM
- - nprev   Copied a portion of Habukaz' calculated LORRI ...   Jun 29 2015, 05:23 AM
- - fred_76   It is much easier to use these formulae to determi...   Jun 29 2015, 05:53 AM
|- - JRehling   Thanks, fred_76. This is a good way to convey the ...   Jun 29 2015, 05:42 PM
- - Herobrine   @fred_76 At what point do those formulae cease bei...   Jun 29 2015, 01:22 PM
|- - fred_76   QUOTE (Herobrine @ Jun 29 2015, 02:22 PM)...   Jun 29 2015, 04:17 PM
- - machi   Pluto+Charon today, magnified 2.5. EDIT: Added co...   Jun 29 2015, 04:10 PM
- - Habukaz   Trying to compare one of the raw images from today...   Jun 29 2015, 04:40 PM
- - fred_76   Nix and Hydra viewed the 29th june's bin x 1 i...   Jun 29 2015, 05:06 PM
- - fred_76   @JRehling : I Know the moon is bigger than Pluto, ...   Jun 29 2015, 07:17 PM
|- - JRehling   Ah, sorry, Fred - I misread! My fault. And I...   Jun 29 2015, 07:53 PM
- - Phil Stooke   Io may look pretty good when full... but it sure w...   Jun 29 2015, 09:13 PM
- - Bjorn Jonsson   Here are the 2015-06-29 05:03 images. This is a st...   Jun 29 2015, 09:39 PM
- - machi   Here is slightly improved version. It's now ma...   Jun 29 2015, 09:56 PM
- - jgoldader   These last few images remind me of Titan, sans atm...   Jun 29 2015, 10:41 PM
|- - Daniele_bianchino_Italy   QUOTE (jgoldader @ Jun 29 2015, 11:41 PM)...   Jun 30 2015, 12:11 AM
|- - pitcapuozzo   QUOTE (Daniele_bianchino_Italy @ Jun 30 2015,...   Jun 30 2015, 09:58 AM
|- - JRehling   I don't think *anything* endures as a liquid a...   Jun 30 2015, 05:21 PM
- - Explorer1   Still too early to tell (17 million km to go!)...   Jun 30 2015, 12:28 AM
- - nprev   Daniele, I don't think that it's possible ...   Jun 30 2015, 12:41 AM
- - Decepticon   I remember a day when triton was theorized to hav...   Jun 30 2015, 02:59 AM
- - eliBonora   One stack of yesterday images (full 400%) I cannot...   Jun 30 2015, 03:21 AM
- - Gladstoner   The dark features may be more akin to those visibl...   Jun 30 2015, 03:22 AM
|- - Habukaz   QUOTE (Gladstoner @ Jun 30 2015, 05:22 AM...   Jun 30 2015, 08:55 AM
|- - 4throck   Here's my take on the 6/29 images. 5 image st...   Jun 30 2015, 09:55 AM
- - ZLD   Well, I was hopeful that all of the June 29 images...   Jun 30 2015, 03:39 AM
- - alk3997   I thought I would see if I could tease some inform...   Jun 30 2015, 03:52 AM
|- - Explorer1   QUOTE (alk3997 @ Jun 29 2015, 08:52 PM) W...   Jun 30 2015, 04:30 AM
- - nprev   Refer to the first post of this thread, and esp. t...   Jun 30 2015, 04:45 AM
- - Explorer1   Yep, I know how slow it will go considering how th...   Jun 30 2015, 04:54 AM
- - ZLD   Best I can do with the June 29 data. I think tempo...   Jun 30 2015, 05:05 AM
- - fred_76   Nix and Hydra the 29/06/2015 in the bin x1 images ...   Jun 30 2015, 07:26 AM
- - Explorer1   We can't be seeing a crater shadow yet; NH is ...   Jun 30 2015, 07:57 AM
- - fred_76   However, the light coming from the Sun (the area f...   Jun 30 2015, 09:49 AM
- - Habukaz   Excerpt from a blog post on the potential for liq...   Jun 30 2015, 05:33 PM
|- - pitcapuozzo   QUOTE (Habukaz @ Jun 30 2015, 07:33 PM) A...   Jun 30 2015, 05:45 PM
- - neo56   Here is my take on LORRI pictures taken on 28 and ...   Jun 30 2015, 06:09 PM
- - Herobrine   Since all the cool kids are doing it, I took a cra...   Jun 30 2015, 06:30 PM
- - Phil Stooke   My stack of June 29th images. Charon's positi...   Jun 30 2015, 07:53 PM
- - jgoldader   Downlink ongoing at present, 1kbps. Maybe images ...   Jun 30 2015, 08:39 PM
- - ZLD   Looked into how much Pluto moved over the course o...   Jun 30 2015, 09:06 PM
- - pitcapuozzo   New Horizons has performed its last TCM (Trajector...   Jun 30 2015, 09:45 PM
- - Gerald   "OpNav Campaign 4, LORRI 1X1", update of...   Jun 30 2015, 10:26 PM
|- - pioneer   Neat. I was wondering if anyone was going to crea...   Jun 30 2015, 10:36 PM
- - nprev   Here's the official release re today's TCM...   Jul 1 2015, 12:44 AM
|- - stevesliva   QUOTE (nprev @ Jun 30 2015, 08:44 PM) So ...   Jul 1 2015, 04:31 AM
- - ZLD   QUOTE (stevesliva @ Jun 30 2015, 10:31 PM...   Jul 1 2015, 05:42 AM
- - Gerald   Debris should be correlated to the presence of add...   Jul 1 2015, 09:04 AM
- - pitcapuozzo   I was wondering, just how old could the surface of...   Jul 1 2015, 09:52 AM
|- - JRehling   QUOTE (pitcapuozzo @ Jul 1 2015, 02:52 AM...   Jul 1 2015, 08:06 PM
- - craigmcg   One tidbit I liked from the AMA session yesterday ...   Jul 1 2015, 10:16 AM
|- - pitcapuozzo   QUOTE (craigmcg @ Jul 1 2015, 12:16 PM) O...   Jul 1 2015, 12:24 PM
- - Mercure   https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/3bnj...s_ne...   Jul 1 2015, 10:33 AM
- - pitcapuozzo   So, we have methane! Not that we didn't al...   Jul 1 2015, 01:01 PM
|- - 4throck   Also nice approach animations on that link!   Jul 1 2015, 01:25 PM
- - Phil Stooke   This is a composite of all the different versions ...   Jul 1 2015, 02:00 PM
- - dudley   The very large feature that resembles a crater app...   Jul 1 2015, 02:39 PM
|- - alk3997   QUOTE (dudley @ Jul 1 2015, 08:39 AM) The...   Jul 1 2015, 02:48 PM
- - Habukaz   Pluto during a rotation that is close to a full on...   Jul 1 2015, 03:52 PM
- - Phil Stooke   That is a very useful comparison. Thanks for post...   Jul 1 2015, 03:58 PM
|- - MahFL   July 1 pics down : http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/soc/Pl...   Jul 1 2015, 04:55 PM
- - EDG   I was looking at the latest pic from NH at: http...   Jul 1 2015, 04:57 PM
- - Habukaz   Finally feels like we are in flyby mode. The late...   Jul 1 2015, 05:12 PM
- - volcanopele   Hydra and Nix are visible in the full-frame mode i...   Jul 1 2015, 05:46 PM
- - Nafnlaus   Manually stacked and unsharp mask'ed   Jul 1 2015, 06:52 PM
- - fred_76   Nix on the bin x1 images of the 1st July :   Jul 1 2015, 07:28 PM
- - neo56   My take on pictures taken on 29 June at 23h07 UTC ...   Jul 1 2015, 07:36 PM
- - FOV   Pluto and Charon: Pluto: Charon: Gettin...   Jul 1 2015, 08:26 PM
- - Julius   The Pluto system is really coming into view now. I...   Jul 1 2015, 08:43 PM
|- - Mercure   Weirdly, the closest visual match to these last im...   Jul 1 2015, 09:12 PM
|- - Alan Stern   QUOTE (Mercure @ Jul 1 2015, 09:12 PM) We...   Jul 1 2015, 09:41 PM
|- - Herobrine   QUOTE (Mercure @ Jul 1 2015, 05:12 PM) We...   Jul 1 2015, 10:32 PM
- - ZLD   Hey Alan, since you are on, do we have any other c...   Jul 1 2015, 09:49 PM
- - machi   Processed images from 29.6. and 1.7. Magnification...   Jul 1 2015, 10:28 PM
|- - JRehling   QUOTE (machi @ Jul 1 2015, 03:28 PM) Proc...   Jul 1 2015, 10:38 PM
|- - machi   QUOTE (JRehling @ Jul 2 2015, 12:38 AM) A...   Jul 1 2015, 10:56 PM
- - Explorer1   http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-s-n...cours...   Jul 1 2015, 10:46 PM
- - Gladstoner   If there was a specular reflection, where would it...   Jul 1 2015, 11:05 PM
- - pitcapuozzo   Damn, these evenly spaced equatorial dark patches ...   Jul 1 2015, 11:40 PM
- - Phil Stooke   True, but don't forget we will still be able t...   Jul 1 2015, 11:51 PM
|- - pitcapuozzo   QUOTE (Phil Stooke @ Jul 2 2015, 01:51 AM...   Jul 1 2015, 11:54 PM
- - Bjorn Jonsson   Specular reflections are very unlikely in my opini...   Jul 1 2015, 11:51 PM
- - Bjorn Jonsson   Here is a very early and very quick and dirty atte...   Jul 2 2015, 12:34 AM
- - Phil Stooke   One for the history books! (history of planeta...   Jul 2 2015, 12:38 AM
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