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View Ouzo Dan's Profile Ouzo Dan Flag Behind you 15 Jul 15 8.05pm Send a Private Message to Ouzo Dan Add Ouzo Dan as a friend

Another triumph for the human race, NASA has just started its live stream which can be viewed here
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expect some amazing footage from the New Horizons probe which came within 12,000km of the surface of Pluto

 


The mountains are calling & I must go.

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View Cucking Funt's Profile Cucking Funt Flag Clapham on the Back 15 Jul 15 8.10pm Send a Private Message to Cucking Funt Add Cucking Funt as a friend

Ooer.

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View TUX's Profile TUX Flag redhill 15 Jul 15 8.13pm Send a Private Message to TUX Add TUX as a friend

Hardly a 'triumph' for the human race but interesting all the same.
Thanks for the heads up.

 

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View palace777's Profile palace777 Flag belfast 15 Jul 15 8.27pm Send a Private Message to palace777 Add palace777 as a friend

how long before isis bomb it?

 

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View JL85's Profile JL85 Flag London,SE9 15 Jul 15 8.35pm Send a Private Message to JL85 Add JL85 as a friend

Mountains on Charon! I believe they are saying it's geologically active, also.

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View Ouzo Dan's Profile Ouzo Dan Flag Behind you 15 Jul 15 8.56pm Send a Private Message to Ouzo Dan Add Ouzo Dan as a friend

Tux you're such a little Earther

Of course its an incredible achievement, sending a probe off into space then 4.5 billion miles & 9 years later it finally arrives just off the surface & sends back high definition images of a new & strange world which until recently all we had was a blurry image from the Hubble telescope.

We are the first humans to be able to see the surface of Pluto, its amazing & inspiring, the collective knowledge of the Human race has yet again been furthered by science, of course it is an amazing achievement by the human race.

What we have learned from this fly by so far

One of Pluto's moons Hydra is made of mostly water ice which makes it quite an interesting target for future space missions

What we have learned of another of Pluto's moons Charon is just as exciting as Pluto, I wasnt expecting images of charon to be so clear & the scientists have been humerously calling the North pole of Charon ''Mordor''.
Charon appears geologically active, there are large parts of the surface which are smooth, now considering that charon & pluto have been bombarded by debris for billions of years a smooth surface quite rightly indicates a heated core.
This is important because it shows that planets hold their hot cores from their formation far longer than we ever expected.

Pluto also demonstrates a very smooth surface indicating again a geologically active planet to go a little further these are the first two planetary bodies to have active cores or at least recently (within the last 10 million years) that dont need tidal pulling to be active.
Pluto has 11,000ft tall Water Ice mountains.
A really nice touch is the heart on pluto which is actually frost is going to be named Tombaugh Reggio after Clyde Tombaugh the man who discovered pluto in 1930.

The Kuiper belt is clearly a fascinating place.

Ouzodan is a happy astronomer tonight.

 


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View Ouzo Dan's Profile Ouzo Dan Flag Behind you 15 Jul 15 8.58pm Send a Private Message to Ouzo Dan Add Ouzo Dan as a friend

Quote Cucking Funt at 15 Jul 2015 8.10pm

Ooer.


Thats no moon

 


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Quote Cucking Funt at 15 Jul 2015 8.10pm

Ooer.


I feckin knew it.

 

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Quote Ouzo Dan at 15 Jul 2015 8.56pm

Tux you're such a little Earther

Of course its an incredible achievement, sending a probe off into space then 4.5 billion miles & 9 years later it finally arrives just off the surface & sends back high definition images of a new & strange world which until recently all we had was a blurry image from the Hubble telescope.

We are the first humans to be able to see the surface of Pluto, its amazing & inspiring, the collective knowledge of the Human race has yet again been furthered by science, of course it is an amazing achievement by the human race.

What we have learned from this fly by so far

One of Pluto's moons Hydra is made of mostly water ice which makes it quite an interesting target for future space missions

What we have learned of another of Pluto's moons Charon is just as exciting as Pluto, I wasnt expecting images of charon to be so clear & the scientists have been humerously calling the North pole of Charon ''Mordor''.
Charon appears geologically active, there are large parts of the surface which are smooth, now considering that charon & pluto have been bombarded by debris for billions of years a smooth surface quite rightly indicates a heated core.
This is important because it shows that planets hold their hot cores from their formation far longer than we ever expected.

Pluto also demonstrates a very smooth surface indicating again a geologically active planet to go a little further these are the first two planetary bodies to have active cores or at least recently (within the last 10 million years) that dont need tidal pulling to be active.
Pluto has 11,000ft tall Water Ice mountains.
A really nice touch is the heart on pluto which is actually frost is going to be named Tombaugh Reggio after Clyde Tombaugh the man who discovered pluto in 1930.

The Kuiper belt is clearly a fascinating place.

Ouzodan is a happy astronomer tonight.

It's a decent achievement but nothing more imho.
Maths/Engineering. The mathematics have been around for centuries and the engineering is 'relatively' simple due to the inert nature of space.

Still nice to see the pics though and i'm glad you're a happy astronomer tonight



 

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View Dweeb's Profile Dweeb Flag East London 16 Jul 15 9.17am Send a Private Message to Dweeb Add Dweeb as a friend

Well said Ouzo.

Not sure I can agree with Tux that space (isn't it actually space/time?) is inert, what with big crazy rocks hurtling into the earth millions of years ago wiping out the Flintstones et al then allowing us to pop (time [is] a relative dimension in space) into existence.

Apparently more stuff to be released on Friday.

 


Taking the bungy jump since 1964. Never to see John Jackson in a shirt again

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Hoof Hearted 16 Jul 15 10.46am

Thanks Dan.

As ever your posts on these matters add value.

Ignore TUX.... there's just no pleasing some people!

To be that accurate after 9 years and 4.5 Billion miles of travel seems a hell of an achievement to me.

 

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View topcat's Profile topcat Flag Holmesdale / Surbiton 16 Jul 15 10.50am Send a Private Message to topcat Add topcat as a friend

Quote Hoof Hearted at 16 Jul 2015 10.46am

Thanks Dan.

As ever your posts on these matters add value.

Ignore TUX.... there's just no pleasing some people!

To be that accurate after 9 years and 4.5 Billion miles of travel seems a hell of an achievement to me.

Exactly.

 


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