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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 2015-07-19, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
 
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NASA's New Horizons Mission To Pluto

Some incredible shots being beamed back from New horizons. I have always been interested in planetary research. Anyone else following?
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That first shot of Pluto was stunning. I'm looking forward to seeing more images (a few can be found here) and reading about the analysis of the transmitted data.
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Nova on PBS had an excellent programme on the New Horizons mission on Friday, along with the first few pictures. It covered some Pluto history and the entire mission, not just the few pictures we've seen this past week. It was interesting watching some of the scientists who spend/spent their entire lives on this topic.

It will take a while to stream all the pictures back to earth, so we can probably watch those updates on the web, or in another science programme on TV in a month or two.

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I've been following NASA's deep space exploration programs as far back as the very "romantic" Pioneer 10. It always amazes me how they can manage to maintain radio contact with probes over such long periods of time.

Every now and then (once a semester), I go to the NASA mission status pages and dwelve in the technical details of current probe survival parameters (such as those of Voyager I and II, New Horizon, Opportunity and Curiosity).

And those photos, just breathtaking. Imagine mankind's achievements in the past 100 years. To think that in 1915, mankind was barely getting off the ground and now is capable of sending probes to regions where the sun hardly shines (no pun intended).

New Horizon appears to be a vey sturdy craft which according to NASA, should maintain radio contact beyond 2030.

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It always amazes me how they can manage to maintain radio contact with probes over such long periods of time.
It's done by using massive amounts of redundancy to eliminate background noise. Those gigantic dish antennas don't hurt either.
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It's called "forward error correction" and they also use a low bit rate (1 Kb/s IIRC) so that they can get by with minimum power.

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I had the opportunity to hear Alan Stern (New Horizon's project leader) speak in person, earlier last month. It was fascinating hearing the details directly from him, from the initial pitch to NASA after a number of earlier failed attempts that never got past the initial stage, to launching and getting results and what the future holds for the project. We've got a lot to look forward to, and what we've seen so far is only the beginning. There will be a lot more info coming along in the coming months.
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Here are some more photos.

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I've been following NASA's deep space exploration programs ... Voyager I and II ...
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Nova on PBS had an excellent programme on the New Horizons mission ...
There is a PBS Nova episode tonight (Wed., Aug. 23) about Voyager 1 and 2.
http://www.pbs.org/the-farthest/home/
http://www.space.com/37915-voyager-t...ntary-pbs.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3hA1cs39q0
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