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djellison
I THINK.....


CODE
<label for="radiobutton">
       <input name="radiobutton" type="radio" value="Pluto is a planet" tabindex="1" id="radiobutton" />
       This is a reason Pluto IS a planet </label>
       <br />
       <label for="radiobutton">
       <input name="radiobutton" type="radio" value="Pluto is NOT a planet" tabindex="2" id="radiobutton" />
This is a reason Pluto ISN'T a planet </label>


needs to be

CODE
<label for="radiobutton">
       <input name="radiobutton" type="radio" value="Pluto is a planet" tabindex="1" id="radiobutton_is" />
       This is a reason Pluto IS a planet </label>
       <br />
       <label for="radiobutton">
       <input name="radiobutton" type="radio" value="Pluto is NOT a planet" tabindex="2" id="radiobutton_isnt" />
This is a reason Pluto ISN'T a planet </label>


You need to given them the same input name (so you pick one or the other, and not both) , but different id's. In this case, I've renamed their ID's to be radiobutton_is and radiobutton_isnt - just tried it on a saved version, and you can at least pick and or the other. I've just submitted an 'isnt' with the reason "I've told Emily hopefully how to fix this form" smile.gif

Doug
tfisher
A slight correction to what Doug said: it should be

CODE
<label for="radiobutton_is">
       <input name="radiobutton" type="radio" value="Pluto is a planet" tabindex="1" id="radiobutton_is" />
       This is a reason Pluto IS a planet </label>
       <br />
       <label for="radiobutton_isnt">
       <input name="radiobutton" type="radio" value="Pluto is NOT a planet" tabindex="2" id="radiobutton_isnt" />
This is a reason Pluto ISN'T a planet </label>


The point of the whole label/id business is to make the entire label clickable to select the radio value. Unless the for= of the label matches the id= of the radio button, this value is lost and you might as well get rid of the extra label/id clutter altogether.
djellison
Ahhh - THAT'S it smile.gif

I'm not a code monkey by any means, I just played around with the src smile.gif

Doug
elakdawalla
QUOTE (tfisher @ Jan 5 2006, 08:51 AM)
A slight correction to what Doug said: it should be
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You guys are great smile.gif I leave a message here in the morning, step on a plane, and when I land my problems are solved biggrin.gif I could get lazy! Try it now, I hope it should work.

For those of you who are looking for New Horizons news, sorry for all the chatter. Here's a little for you -- if you haven't noticed already, John Spencer has been writing me updates which I've been blogging, and he'll keep doing so through the launch. Here's his first two:
http://planetary.org/blog/article/00000331/
http://planetary.org/blog/article/00000334/

--Emily
Comga
QUOTE (elakdawalla @ Jan 5 2006, 05:26 PM)
John Spencer has been writing me updates which I've been blogging, and he'll keep doing so through the launch.  Here's his first two:
http://planetary.org/blog/article/00000331/
http://planetary.org/blog/article/00000334/

--Emily
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Thank you Emily and thank you John. Great posts.
Looking forward to launch, and that slideshow of John's. Hope we can post a link to it after it is shown publicly so everyone here can see it.
john_s
QUOTE (Comga @ Jan 6 2006, 04:09 AM)
Thank you Emily and thank you John.  Great posts.
Looking forward to launch, and that slideshow of John's.  Hope we can post a link to it after it is shown publicly so everyone here can see it.
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It would be fun to make the show available on the Web- we'll try to do that eventually (maybe with a few edits to protect the innocent smile.gif ). It's up to 400 slides now- yikes.
dvandorn
I was pleased to see a lot of footage on NASA-TV yesterday of Alan, John, several others -- and a *lot* of B-roll of NH being assembled and tested during ATLO.

Now, I *do* understand that when I turn my TV off, NASA-TV's ratings take an immediate hit... sad.gif ...but you guys should enjoy what little measure of fame being on TV -- over and over again -- even if only on a poorly-carried channel -- affords you!

-the other Doug
elakdawalla
QUOTE (dvandorn @ Jan 6 2006, 03:09 AM)
Now, I *do* understand that when I turn my TV off, NASA-TV's ratings take an immediate hit...  sad.gif  ...but you guys should enjoy what little measure of fame being on TV -- over and over again -- even if only  on a poorly-carried channel -- affords you!
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They should not only "enjoy" it but be aware of the cameras. When I was in Cocoa Beach, Florida to cover the launch of Spirit I kept NASA TV on in my hotel room throughout the time I was working. I was amused at one point to see about thirty minutes' worth of Steve Squyres sitting in some clean room in a bunny suit, scratching his nose about every thirty seconds. (At least he wasn't picking it.) I think he was waiting for some sort of satellite-fed hookup of various press questions that never materialized. Poor Steve. It got so silly after so long that I took several pictures with my digital camera but later decided to destroy the images because Steve really didn't deserve being made fun of!

--Emily
djellison
At least I wasnt the only one who watched hours of MER ATLO smile.gif

Doug
ljk4-1
QUOTE (djellison @ Jan 6 2006, 09:38 AM)
At least I wasnt the only one who watched hours of MER ATLO smile.gif

Doug
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I remember watching NASA TV about ten years ago when they were showing a yawn-inducing test of a Mars rover prototype. The young engineers working on it apparently got bored themselves, as they started making comments about Dan Goldin (you could not see them, only hear their voices). I suddenly noticed a definite drop in the volume from NASA TV until the test was over.

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odave
When I had NASA TV, I enjoyed just vegging on the couch when there was a shuttle up, watching the Earth glide by underneath it. It always gave me a very peaceful feeling late at night, occasionally enhanced by a moderate dose of alcohol wink.gif

I just have "rabbit ear" TV now, and NASA is one of the few channels I actually miss.
punkboi
http://www.space.com/astronotes/astronotes.html

An anti-New Horizons protest at Cape Canaveral is planned for January 7. I wouldn't sweat it... If protests against the Iraq war or someone being executed in prison could be ignored by the government time and time again, so will this one. Err, hopefully.

At least the spokesman for that Global Blah Blah Blah organization acknowledged Cassini
rolleyes.gif
Toma B
What's that "Global Blah Blah Blah organization" which acknowledged Cassini???
huh.gif
ljk4-1
The mission also resonates with 87-year-old Epsom, England resident Venetia Burney Phair who, as an 11-year-old girl in 1930, happened to mention to her grandfather that Pluto seemed a reasonable name for the then newly-discovered ninth planet.

I think its marvelous that they can contemplate sending something quite so far away, and so small when you get to it, Phair said of the mission during a telephone interview. I only hope nothing goes wrong.

http://www.space.com/news/051223_newhorizones_people.html
Toma B
UUuuupppsss!!! I got it...
Its Global Network Coordinator, Bruce Gagnon...
punkboi
QUOTE (Toma B @ Jan 6 2006, 10:21 AM)
What's that "Global Blah Blah Blah organization" which acknowledged Cassini???
huh.gif
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Global Nitwits--err, Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. And Bruce-something merely said we escaped Cassini...he didn't acknowledge it.

"Will someone please think of the children??"

tongue.gif
volcanopele
QUOTE (john_s @ Jan 5 2006, 09:14 PM)
It would be fun to make the show available on the Web- we'll try to do that eventually (maybe with a few edits to protect the innocent  smile.gif ).  It's up to 400 slides now- yikes.
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ohmy.gif eegad John! think you have enough slides laugh.gif
nprev
QUOTE (punkboi @ Jan 6 2006, 10:35 AM)
Global Nitwits--err, Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space.  And Bruce-something merely said we escaped Cassini...he didn't acknowledge it.

"Will someone please think of the children??"

tongue.gif
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Don't these people have anything better to do??! mad.gif I mean, there are all kinds of nice, vacant caves around the world just waiting for tenants...
ljk4-1
01.06.06

Katherine Trinidad
Headquarters, Washington
Phone: (202) 358-5241

George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Phone: (321) 867-2468

STATUS REPORT: ELV-010606

EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT

MISSION: New Horizons
LAUNCH VEHICLE: Lockheed Martin Atlas V 551 (AV-010)
LAUNCH PAD: Complex 41
LAUNCH SITE: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
LAUNCH DATE: No earlier than Jan. 17, 2006
LAUNCH WINDOW: Jan. 11 to Feb. 14, 2006

The borescope inspection of the Atlas V RP-1 propellant tank was
successfully completed this week and no defects were observed. The
results of the inspection serve to increase confidence in launch
success, but further testing and modeling of the vehicle continues in
order to provide confidence in proceeding to launch.

Launch vehicle ordnance installation will be completed today. Third
stage closeouts are scheduled for Jan. 9. The safe and arm devices
will be installed on the solid rocket boosters Jan. 10.

New Horizons spacecraft closeouts and final documentation are
scheduled for Jan. 11 to 13. The final power-on integrated test is
set for Jan. 12. The fairing doors will be installed for flight Jan.
14.
ljk4-1
QUOTE (nprev @ Jan 6 2006, 06:33 PM)
Don't these people have anything better to do??! mad.gif  I mean, there are all kinds of nice, vacant caves around the world just waiting for tenants...
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The other protestors have already staked out the nuclear weapons and power plants. The rest of them have to settle for the occasional nuclear-powered space probe.

Plus it's easier and safer to dump red paint and blood on little old ladies wearing fur coats than to try the same with bikers and skinheads wearing leather.
ljk4-1
01.06.06

Dwayne Brown
NASA Headquarters, Washington
Phone: (202) 358-1726

George Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Phone: (321) 867-2468

Michael R. Buckley
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Phone: (240) 228-7536

MEDIA ADVISORY: 03-06

NASA SCHEDULES NEW HORIZONS LAUNCH COVERAGE EVENTS

The launch of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, bound for the planet
Pluto, is currently targeted for Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 1:24 p.m. EST
from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The launch window extends
until 3:23 p.m., a duration of 119 minutes. Liftoff will occur aboard
a Lockheed Martin Atlas V rocket from Launch Complex 41. Should
launch be postponed for 24 hours for any reason, the next launch
window on Jan. 18 will be 1:16 to 3:15 p.m. EST.

New Horizons is the first mission in NASA's New Frontiers program of
medium-class planetary missions. The spacecraft, designed for NASA by
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md.,
will fly by Pluto and its moon, Charon, as early as summer 2015.

Carrying seven scientific instruments, the compact 1,060-pound New
Horizons probe will characterize the geology and environment of Pluto
and Charon, map their surface compositions and temperature, and
examine Pluto's complex atmosphere. After the initial mission, flybys
of Kuiper Belt objects from even farther in the solar system may be
undertaken in an extended mission. A close-up look at these
mysterious worlds will provide new information about the origin and
evolution of our solar system.

Prelaunch Press Conference

A prelaunch press conference will be held at the NASA News Center at
Kennedy Space Center on Sunday, Jan. 15, at 1 p.m. EST. Participating
in the briefing will be:

Dr. Colleen Hartman, Deputy Associate Administrator, Science Mission
Directorate
NASA Headquarters, Washington

Omar Baez, NASA Launch Director/NASA Launch Manager
Kennedy Space Center

Mike Jensen, Vice President and Chief Technical Officer
International Launch Services

Dave Kusnierkiewicz, New Horizons Mission Systems Engineer
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Clay Flinn, U.S. Air Force Atlas V Launch Weather Officer
45th Weather Squadron, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

New Horizons Mission Science Briefing

A mission science briefing will immediately follow the prelaunch press
conference. Participating will be:

Alan Stern, New Horizons Principal Investigator
Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colo.

Richard Binzel, Science Team Co-Investigator
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.

William McKinnon, Science Team Co-Investigator
Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.

Dale Cruikshank, Science Team Co-Investigator
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffet Field, Calif.

Fran Bagenal, Science Team Co-Investigator
University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo.

New Horizons Spacecraft Briefing

A two-part New Horizons spacecraft briefing will immediately follow
the mission science briefing. Participating in Part 1 will be:

Harold (Hal) Weaver, New Horizons Project Scientist
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.

Dennis Reuter, Ralph Instrument Scientist
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

Alan Stern, Alice Instrument Principal Investigator
Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colo.

Len Tyler, REX (Radio Science) Principal Investigator
Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif.

Participating in Part 2 will be:

Andrew Cheng, LORRI Instrument Principal Investigator
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.

Ralph McNutt Jr., PEPSSI Instrument Principal Investigator
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.

David McComas, SWAP Instrument Principal Investigator
Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio

Tiffany Finley, Student Dust Counter Project Manager
University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo.

Post-launch Press Conference

On launch day, a post-launch press conference is targeted to begin
approximately two hours after launch at the KSC News Center or as
soon thereafter as data is available about the spacecraft's state of
health.

Accreditation and Media Access Badges for KSC

Those who need press accreditation and access badges to Kennedy Space
Center to cover the New Horizons prelaunch press conference, mission
briefings and the launch must complete the accreditation process via
the Web by going to:

https://media.ksc.nasa.gov/

All accreditation must be received by the close of business on Friday,
Jan. 13. Media may obtain their NASA access badge at the Pass and
Identification Building located on State Road 405, just east of U.S.
1, south of Titusville. Contact the NASA News Center at 321/867-2468
for further information.

Atlas V Launch Vehicle Rollout

Monday, Jan. 16: There will be a press opportunity to observe rollout
of the Atlas V rocket from the Vertical Integration Facility to the
launch pad at Complex 41. Media will depart by government bus from
the KSC Press Site at 9:45 a.m.

Remote Camera Placement at Complex 41

Monday, Jan. 16: Photographers who wish to set up remote cameras at
the Atlas V launch pad will be escorted by Lockheed Martin
representatives to Launch Complex 41 from the KSC News Center.
Departure will be at 2:45 p.m.

Launch Day Press Site Access

Tuesday, Jan. 17: Media will cover the New Horizons launch from the
KSC Press Site. Access will be through Gate 2 on S.R. 3 or Gate 3 on
S.R. 405, east of the KSC Visitor Complex. The NASA News Center at
KSC will be open on launch day from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. EST.

KSC News Center Hours

Sunday, Jan. 15: Noon -- 5 p.m.
Monday, Jan 16: 8 a.m. -- 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 17: 8 a.m. -- 6:30 p.m.

Web Prelaunch and Launch Coverage

A prelaunch webcast is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15.
For more information, go to the NASA Direct Web site at:

http://www.nasa.gov/missions/highlights/nasadirect.html

NASA Television launch coverage will be webcast at:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

Live information updates will be available through Kennedy Space
Center's Virtual Launch Control Center at:

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/newhoriz...aunch/vlcc.html

Additional mission information:

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/newhoriz...main/index.html

NASA Television Coverage

On Sunday, Jan. 15, NASA Television will carry the New Horizons
prelaunch press conference and mission briefings live beginning at 1
p.m. EST. On Tuesday, Jan. 17, NASA Television coverage of the launch
will begin at 11 a.m. EST and conclude approximately one hour after
launch.

A post-launch press conference will be held at the KSC Press Site and
carried live on NASA Television. The briefing is targeted to occur
approximately two hours after launch or as soon thereafter as data on
the spacecraft state of health is available.

In the continental United States, NASA Television is on AMC-6,
Transponder 17C located at 72 degrees West longitude (4040.0 mhz
video, 6.8 mhz audio, MPEG-2 digital signal). In Alaska and Hawaii,
all events will be on AMC-7 Transponder 18 located at 137 degrees
West longitude (4060 MHz video, 6.8 MHz).

Audio only of the prelaunch press conference and the launch coverage
will be carried on the NASA "V" circuits which may be accessed by
dialing 321/867-1220...1240...1260...7135. On launch day, "Mission
Audio," the launch conductor's countdown activities without NASA TV
launch commentary, will be carried on 321/867-7135 starting at 5 a.m.
Launch will also be available on local amateur VHF radio frequency
146.940 Mhz or UHF radio frequency 442.6 Mhz heard within Brevard
County.

Recorded status reports on the launch of the New Horizons and updates
to the Media Advisory will be provided on the KSC news media
codaphone starting Friday, Jan. 13. The telephone number is
321/867-2525.

The launch management of New Horizons is the responsibility of NASA's
John F. Kennedy Space Center Launch Services Program. International
Launch Services is the launch service provider for the Atlas V. The
spacecraft was built for NASA by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics
Laboratory, which also provides the project management.
nprev
QUOTE (ljk4-1 @ Jan 6 2006, 07:47 PM)
The other protestors have already staked out the nuclear weapons and power plants.  The rest of them have to settle for the occasional nuclear-powered space probe.

Plus it's easier and safer to dump red paint and blood on little old ladies wearing fur coats than to try the same with bikers and skinheads wearing leather.
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True dat...although I'd like to see them try doing that to my wife's fur...they'd live about a second and a half, she's mean! tongue.gif
BPCooper
I just thought I'd ask for a show of hands of who is heading to see the launch, including team members :-), and the thought of possibly doing a little get together, perhaps a dinner. I was thinking Monday evening. Just a suggestion!
punkboi
QUOTE (ljk4-1 @ Jan 6 2006, 07:45 PM)
01.06.06

Katherine Trinidad
Headquarters, Washington
Phone: (202) 358-5241

George H. Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Phone: (321) 867-2468

STATUS REPORT: ELV-010606

EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT

MISSION: New Horizons
LAUNCH VEHICLE: Lockheed Martin Atlas V 551 (AV-010)
LAUNCH PAD: Complex 41
LAUNCH SITE: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
LAUNCH DATE: No earlier than Jan. 17, 2006
LAUNCH WINDOW: Jan. 11 to Feb. 14, 2006

The borescope inspection of the Atlas V RP-1 propellant tank was
successfully completed this week and no defects were observed. The
results of the inspection serve to increase confidence in launch
success, but further testing and modeling of the vehicle continues in
order to provide confidence in proceeding to launch.

Launch vehicle ordnance installation will be completed today. Third
stage closeouts are scheduled for Jan. 9. The safe and arm devices
will be installed on the solid rocket boosters Jan. 10.

New Horizons spacecraft closeouts and final documentation are
scheduled for Jan. 11 to 13. The final power-on integrated test is
set for Jan. 12. The fairing doors will be installed for flight Jan.
14.
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Link please? smile.gif
ljk4-1
QUOTE (punkboi @ Jan 7 2006, 02:14 AM)
Link please?  smile.gif
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Here you go:

http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2005/dec/H...tus_report.html
punkboi
QUOTE (ljk4-1 @ Jan 7 2006, 10:43 AM)


That's for Dec. 16. Is the Jan. 6 report up yet? Or did you make that report up?? mad.gif

Just kidding
ljk4-1
QUOTE (punkboi @ Jan 7 2006, 12:49 PM)
That's for Dec. 16.  Is the Jan. 6 report up yet?  Or did you make that report up??  mad.gif

Just kidding
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It's the latest one they have on the NASA Web site, for some reason. The one I posted here came via e-mail, that's why I didn't bother with the URL in the first place.
punkboi
QUOTE (ljk4-1 @ Jan 7 2006, 10:52 AM)
It's the latest one they have on the NASA Web site, for some reason.  The one I posted here came via e-mail, that's why I didn't bother with the URL in the first place.
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Well... As long as it's real, haha. Can I subscribe to get that e-mail too or do you have inside connections?

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AndyWard
QUOTE (punkboi @ Jan 7 2006, 06:49 PM)
That's for Dec. 16.  Is the Jan. 6 report up yet?  Or did you make that report up??  mad.gif

Just kidding
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Here's the link to the Jan 6 story: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2006/jan/H...tus_report.html
ljk4-1
QUOTE (punkboi @ Jan 7 2006, 01:03 PM)
Well... As long as it's real, haha.  Can I subscribe to get that e-mail too or do you have inside connections?

biggrin.gif
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You have to be initiated into the Very Secret Pluto Probe Society. Very exclusive.

Animal sacrifices, blood drinking, watching reruns of Gilligan's Island - the works.
punkboi
QUOTE (ljk4-1 @ Jan 7 2006, 01:07 PM)
You have to be initiated into the Very Secret Pluto Probe Society. Very exclusive.

Animal sacrifices, blood drinking, watching reruns of Gilligan's Island - the works.
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Well I already did the first two. Let me check to see what time Gilligan's Island airs here in SoCal...

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BTW, thanks AndyWard
Comga
QUOTE (BPCooper @ Jan 6 2006, 09:49 PM)
I just thought I'd ask for a show of hands of who is heading to see the launch, including team members :-), and the thought of possibly doing a little get together, perhaps a dinner. I was thinking Monday evening. Just a suggestion!
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I am going to be there. Having never seen a big launch, and having some association with the mission, thought I would take this opportunity. I know of at least a dozen others from groups outside of the NASA, SwRI, APL, Ball, SSG, and Univ. of Colorado groups.

As far as I know, there is nothing scheduled for Monday evening. Where were you thinking of gathering?
Comga
QUOTE (punkboi @ Jan 7 2006, 01:14 AM)
Link please?  smile.gif
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Try this:
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/launch...s-20060106.html

NASA's own emails this week include the out of date link to last year's updates. Had to hack the address to find the right page.

[It seems Andy Ward got there first. Sorry to duplicate.]
Rakhir
Alan's perspective including the list of major activities during the first three weeks.

http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/overview/piPerspec...ve_current.html
jamescanvin
QUOTE (Rakhir @ Jan 9 2006, 02:38 AM)
Alan's perspective including the list of major activities during the first three weeks.

http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/overview/piPerspec...ve_current.html
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No mention of any 'look back' imagery.

Is any planned?



James
Orlin Denkov
A very good article in Spaceflight Now - Probe finally nears launch on mission of pure exploration
QUOTE
"What could be more exciting than exploring the edge of the solar system? This whole undiscovered terrority -- the Kuiper Belt -- there is nothing like it. We didn't know it existed when you and I were children. It is the frontier, and that is what the space program is about," says Stern.

Very well said!
Also in SpaceRef - Guarded by Nuclear Protection Teams, U.S. to Launch Fastest Spacecraft...
And very interresting article in AviationNow - New Horizons Pluto Mission: A Tour De Force of Rocketry, Technology
8 days left! smile.gif
Alan Stern
QUOTE (jamescanvin @ Jan 9 2006, 12:54 AM)
No mention of any 'look back' imagery.

Is any planned?
James
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Look-back imagery won't occur until after Ralph and LORRI are turned on, which is
months after launch. Both instruments have thermal and bright object constraints
that make turning them on early a hazard.

-Alan
ljk4-1
QUOTE (Orlin Denkov @ Jan 9 2006, 02:13 AM)
A very good article in Spaceflight Now - Probe finally nears launch on mission of pure exploration

Very well said!
Also in SpaceRef - Guarded by Nuclear Protection Teams, U.S. to Launch Fastest Spacecraft...
And very interresting article in AviationNow - New Horizons Pluto Mission: A Tour De Force of Rocketry, Technology
8 days left! smile.gif
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To quote from the linked article and a question:

http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=18675

"Other spacecraft like Pioneer 10 and 11 and Voyager 1 and 2, have flown further than Pluto but never ventured near it. They carried politically correct "greetings from Earth" on plaques and phonograph records. But not New Horizons.

"The mission's lead manager Alan Stern from the Southwest Research Institute at Boulder, Colorado, told AW&ST that doing something like that involved too much federal bureaucracy.

"Instead, the half-ton New Horizons spacecraft is carrying the names of more than 430,000 space enthusiasts and a piece of material from Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne, the first privately built manned spacecraft. It is also carrying material commemorating Pluto's discoverer Clyde Tombaugh, who was cremated after his death in 1997 at age 90."

What are the "material commemorating... Clyde Tombaugh" aboard New Horizons?
elakdawalla
There's a new update from John Spencer in my blog

-- Emily
punkboi
http://www.space.com/news/ft_060109_newhorizons_protest.html

Three dozen people attended the anti-NH protest at Cape Canaveral last Saturday. Two of the demonstrators giving speeches could not be heard because of a military helicopter flying overhead.

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Toma B
QUOTE
We are few, but we represent many," said Peg McIntire, a 95-year old woman with the group Grandmothers for Peace who protested Cassini and other nuclear-powered space missions.

Don't these nice old ladies have something else to worry about...
ljk4-1
QUOTE (Toma B @ Jan 9 2006, 01:55 PM)
Don't these nice old ladies have something else to worry about...
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Has anyone asked them if they know what the mission is about, why it needs nuclear power, and if they realize how tough the RTG shells are?
ljk4-1
PROBE NEARS LAUNCH ON MISSION OF PURE EXPLORATION
-------------------------------------------------

It is astronomers' insatiable quest to examine the conditions billions of
years ago when the planet of our solar system were forming that pushes
NASA's first robotic mission to Pluto. But political bickering has
stonewalled the program for years, postponing an attempt to reconnoiter
the frigid worlds never reached by humanity.

http://spaceflightnow.com/atlas/av010/060108overview.html

VIDEO COVERAGE:

http://www.spaceflightnowplus.com/index.ph...to+New+Horizons
punkboi
QUOTE (ljk4-1 @ Jan 9 2006, 01:23 PM)
Has anyone asked them if they know what the mission is about, why it needs nuclear power, and if they realize how tough the RTG shells are?
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I don't think these ladies' senility will allow them to comprehend why this mission needs nuclear power. Just kidding.

Not really.
rolleyes.gif
Jeff7
QUOTE (ljk4-1 @ Jan 9 2006, 03:23 PM)
Has anyone asked them if they know what the mission is about, why it needs nuclear power, and if they realize how tough the RTG shells are?
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They probably are the common person who hears the word "radiation" and freaks out. Don't mention that they're being exposed to a source of high energy electromagnetic radiation every day, which is proven to cause cancer, the government knows about it, and they're not doing anything about it.
UV Radiation from the sun, of course. tongue.gif

From Spaceflightnow.com:
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For data storage, New Horizons carries two low-power solid-state recorders (one backup) that can hold up to 8 gigabytes (64 gigabits) each.

I was wondering about this - as fast as this spacecraft is whipping by Pluto, I figured that it's basically going to need to store its entire dataset all at once. None of what the MERs do - load up, empty out, repeat. 8GB sounds like it should do the trick. Solid state too. Good. Hopefully they are sure that it's clear before the fun begins - none of that damn bug that put Spirit into a coma.


Oh wow.
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But it will take nine months to play back all the Pluto-encounter data at only 768 bps., given the extraordinarily weak signal from New Horizons at the Pluto encounter distance.

96 bytes per second. Can't we just get a speedy 2400bps modem? Geez.
nprev
QUOTE (ljk4-1 @ Jan 9 2006, 07:06 AM)
To quote from the linked article and a question:

http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=18675


What are the "material commemorating... Clyde Tombaugh" aboard New Horizons?
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Wouldn't it be cool if...(no, I'm not gonna write it)...but wouldn't that be unreal??? cool.gif
edstrick
I assume it's not worth looking in detail until after launch, but are there any candidate asteroids en route to Jupiter that will be more than 1 1/2 pixels across at closest approach... the way ?Galileo? or was it Cassini did a distant flyby of asteroid Masursky?
punkboi
QUOTE (edstrick @ Jan 10 2006, 03:49 AM)
I assume it's not worth looking in detail until after launch, but are there any candidate asteroids en route to Jupiter that will be more than 1 1/2 pixels across at closest approach... the way ?Galileo? or was it Cassini did a distant flyby of asteroid Masursky?
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It was Cassini that did a distant flyby of Masursky. Galileo took those great shots of Gaspra and Ida.
punkboi
http://www.floridatoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/...EWS02/601100346

Official: New Horizons launch gets White House approval
Toma B
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The final power-on integrated test is set for Jan. 12. The fairing doors will be installed for flight Jan. 14.

So far everything is going fine I guess...
Why are there no new images on KSC site...latest one is dated 12/17/2005? sad.gif
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