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Liquids on Pluto, its huge climate changes, and NH next target....

1 Feb 2016, 08:46 UTC
Liquids on Pluto, its huge climate changes, and NH next target....
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Last week Alan Stern spoke to the SBAG about the latest New Horizons plans (latest Adobe version needed). Alan is New Horizon's principle investigator (basically he's the closest thing an unmanned probe gets to a captain), Alan Stern. I was hoping to put up a youtube version of this talk, but the only version I can get my hands on needs the latest version of Adobe (gettable from here). For those of you who don't or can't get Adobe, here're the highlights of the talk, with some stills:This was the first detailed presentation that includeds extended mission plans, and results to date put into context.New Horizons carries 7 instruments (link to more info here), and is RTG powered.PEPSSI and SWAP instruments made important detections, there's a paper about it submitted to science magazine.The dust detector will be the first to take readings out to 35 AU and kuiper belt16 months to beam all data back (4 months if they had the dsn to themselves)They got good data on all of daylight Pluto, not just the side that got imaged at closest approach:Black and white optical data of far side at 40km per pixel resolution.UV and colour data, with 200 km footprint, of the far side - good enough to do regional ...

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