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New Horizons late cruise, 500 Millions kms - ~200 million kms
jasedm
post Sep 1 2014, 07:25 PM
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QUOTE (Bjorn Jonsson @ Sep 1 2014, 05:47 PM) *
Yes, Pluto's position is well known but there are alsways some pointing errors even though Cassini's pointing is amazingly accurate and stable compared to e.g. Voyager and Galileo.


Cassini's trajectory is similarly amazingly accurate - apparently within 90 metres of planned position during the latest Titan flyby!
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post Sep 1 2014, 07:39 PM
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Bookmarked - thanks!

Great to know we're invited along on the ride.

Those images that finally start to exceed Hubble resolution will be phenomenal - I wonder what we'll see?
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post Sep 2 2014, 05:21 AM
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When the resolution gets down to about 100 km per pixel, it might look something like the maps David Tholin, Marc Buie and Keith Horne came up with and published in this paper:

Mutual Occutation Results

Thanks to the work Tholin and others put into making those observations and deciphering the results, we already have a better look at one hemisphere of Pluto (and Charon) than Hubble can give us. I'm looking forward to seeing how well they match up to direct pictures from New Horizons. I'm expecting they'll match pretty well.
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post Sep 2 2014, 10:24 PM
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I read that Alan Stern showed an image at a recent event of New York City at the best resolution that New Horizons will achieve at Pluto. Does anyone have a link to this? My Google search failed. Thanks.


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post Sep 2 2014, 10:28 PM
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QUOTE (vjkane @ Sep 3 2014, 12:24 AM) *
Does anyone have a link to this?

This?


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post Sep 2 2014, 10:38 PM
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An interesting and detailed report about the comments of Alan Stern about the final preparations of New Horizons.
A mission to Pluto enters the home stretch
“Beginning in May, we exceed Hubble resolution,” Stern said, a reference to the best images of Pluto taken to date. “It will get better week by week” through the July flyby.
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post Sep 3 2014, 01:41 AM
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PBS better air a "Pluto All Night" special!
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post Sep 3 2014, 03:50 AM
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Given the bit-rate from that distance, it might have to be a "Pluto All Month"...wink.gif

Actually, though, that's something I'm curious about--plans for public broadcast of the encounter. Alan, have you guys developed anything detailed on this yet?


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post Sep 3 2014, 04:01 AM
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QUOTE (nprev @ Sep 3 2014, 03:50 AM) *
Given the bit-rate from that distance, it might have to be a "Pluto All Month"...wink.gif

Actually, though, that's something I'm curious about--plans for public broadcast of the encounter. Alan, have you guys developed anything detailed on this yet?



Nick- In fact, we just started that discussion today.

-Alan
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post Sep 3 2014, 11:53 PM
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Outstanding! smile.gif

Suggestion: You should invite noted space journalists & bloggers to participate; there are many such in the present amateur space enthusiast community!


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post Sep 4 2014, 09:44 AM
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UMSF has been riding along with New Horizons since before she launched.
It's worth going back to page one of this thread and reading the first few posts.
In fact read back through the 110+ pages as we followed the adventure.

Thanks to Alan Stern for giving us his insights and feedback throughout the mission.

I second Nick's suggestion. Maybe there's some good value of "space science's finest communicators" (many of them to be found here) getting a chance to share that unique moment in July next year. They can do some great outreach and best of all, they're free! wink.gif biggrin.gif

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post Sep 4 2014, 01:14 PM
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QUOTE (nprev @ Sep 4 2014, 12:53 AM) *
Outstanding! smile.gif

Suggestion: You should invite noted space journalists & bloggers to participate; there are many such in the present amateur space enthusiast community!


Nick- We already have a plan along these lines, stay tuned as we get closer.

-Alan
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post Sep 4 2014, 04:34 PM
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I should know better than to try to teach the teacher. Great, looking very much forward to the plans; thanks, Alan!


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post Sep 5 2014, 06:51 PM
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QUOTE (nprev @ Sep 4 2014, 05:34 PM) *
I should know better than to try to teach the teacher. Great, looking very much forward to the plans; thanks, Alan!



That's going a bit far on credit, but thank you Nprev.
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post Sep 8 2014, 02:52 PM
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QUOTE (Alan Stern @ Sep 1 2014, 10:28 AM) *
Debuting today! Pluto Picture of the Day (PPOD)


Is there a PPoD archive? I got here a bit late and due to my busy job might not make it every day.

(It seems like just yesterday when I had time to spend all day at my desk F5ing Where Is NH? until it crossed Lunar orbit.)
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