Pluto and the art of patience

certainly is art!

Leading Technical Communication

Last week, after a nine-year journey, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft reached its destination and started sending back images and other data about Pluto and its moons. In their news conferences, the NASA scientists are practically giddy with excitement — as well they should be. The images have been breathtaking.

Pluto as seen by New Horizons Until very recently we knew this only as a spot of light (source: NASA)

These images are just the first taste of what’s to come, however.

Aimed at earth from 5 billion kilometers away, the signal from New Horizons is understandably weak. The bandwidth for the downlink is so limited (1,000 to 4,000 bits per second – much slower than a 1990s dial-up modem) that it’ll take until the end of 2015 just to get the compressed data. It might take until late 2016 to get all of the data in full resolution.

In other words, we’ll have to be patient

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Puhlootoe

very informative 🙂

Super Nervous Cow

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Do you know how Pluto got its name? The Pluto Incident (also referred to as Phase 5 or the Pluto disaster) was a catastrophic experimentation incident that occurred on 26 April 1955 at the Disney Research and Development Lab in Pardon, California (then officially San Laos), which was under the direct jurisdiction of the central authorities of Disney and funded by DARPA. An explosion and fire released Phase 5 of the experiments, including a highly dangerous human dog hybrid known as Pluto. which resulted in several deaths along the California coast and Los Angeles area.

The Pluto incident was the worst genetic accident in history in terms of cost and casualties.[1] It is one of only two classified as a level 7 event (the maximum classification) on the International Experimental Event Scale, the other being the release of Experiment C5 (Trum-P) in 1946.[2] The battle to contain the experiment and avert a greater…

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Pluto Has Revealed More Secrets

more secrets? im interested

Jasper and Sardine

In its final farewell to Pluto, New Horizons has captured an incredible image of the dwarf planet bathed in a mysterious halo.

The shot was taken just seven hours after the probe’s closest approach and shows peculiar layers of haze in the dwarf planet’s atmosphere.

‘This is our equivalent on New Horizons of the Apollo 11 Earthrise,’ said New Horizons’ Alan Stern, adding that the image confirms the probe had succeeded in its mission.

Nasa today also released an image of exotic ice across the dwarf planet’s surface, revealing signs of recent geologic activity – something scientists hoped to find but didn’t expect.

‘We’ve only seen surfaces like this on active worlds like Earth and Mars,’ said mission co-investigator John Spencer of SwRI. ‘I’m really smiling.’

Farewell Pluto! Backlit by the sun, Pluto's atmosphere rings its silhouette like a luminous halo in this image taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft around midnight EDT on July 15. This global portrait of the atmosphere was captured when the spacecraft was about 1.25 million miles (2 millionkm) from Pluto and shows structures as small as 12 miles across

Farewell Pluto! Backlit by the sun, Pluto’s atmosphere rings its silhouette like a luminous halo in this image taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft…

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Plutonic Star Tar!

brilliant!

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There comes a time when words fail, and all you can do is stare in amazement. The Friday press conference from the New Horizons team had that effect on many of us. (I’m not the only one who wept with sheer joy.)

Pluto haze From behind the planet, the Sun illuminates Pluto’s 100 mi layer of haze.

They say pictures are worth thousands of words, so I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking (click on any image to go to the source)…

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Conditions on Pluto: Hazy with flowing ice

so excited about pluto!

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Pluto is hazier than scientists expected and appears to be covered with flowing ice.

The team responsible for the New Horizons flyby of Pluto last week released new pictures Friday of the previously unexplored world on the edge of the solar system.

“If you’re seeing a cardiologist, you may want to leave the room,” principal scientist Alan Stern teased at the opening of the news conference at NASA headquarters. “There are some pretty mind-blowing discoveries.”

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, now 7.5 million miles beyond Pluto, has detected layers of haze stretching 100 miles (160 kilometers) into the atmosphere, much higher than anticipated.

All this haze is believed to account for the dwarf planet’s reddish color.

If you were standing on Pluto and looking up, you probably wouldn’t notice the haze, said George Mason University’s Michael Summers.

In fact, New Horizons had to wait until after its…

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4 reasons why we need to leave the earth right now and space colonise…

Are there more?

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1) Deforestation 

imagesYear by year trees are getting destroyed around the world to produce more wood for our own selfish human needs, but whats the fuss its only wood right? How can a lack of trees push the human race into space? Well, trees release oxygen and absorbs all the other toxic gases that consist in the air like carbon monoxide, sulfer dioxide etc. By allowing you to breathe, you can live! Taking the amazon rain forest as an example, scientists have predicted that in around 2030 half of the forest there will be entirely wiped out, and mindblowly, the amazon rain forest contributes to 20% of the total oxygen in the world! I suggest to go give the next tree you see a big kiss and they really are the really you can walk to the corner shop without a gas mask!

2) Destruction of the Sun 

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Thats right, nothing lasts forever…

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4 reasons why we need to leave the earth right now and space colonise…

 

1) Deforestation 

imagesYear by year trees are getting destroyed around the world to produce more wood for our own selfish human needs, but whats the fuss its only wood right? How can a lack of trees push the human race into space? Well, trees release oxygen and absorbs all the other toxic gases that consist in the air like carbon monoxide, sulfer dioxide etc. By allowing you to breathe, you can live! Taking the amazon rain forest as an example, scientists have predicted that in around 2030 half of the forest there will be entirely wiped out, and mindblowly, the amazon rain forest contributes to 20% of the total oxygen in the world! I suggest to go give the next tree you see a big kiss and they really are the really you can walk to the corner shop without a gas mask!

2) Destruction of the Sun 

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Thats right, nothing lasts forever and that includes the sun. It can be considered a fact that the sun is very slowly increasing in size and one day it certainly will wipe out the earth because of it. The reason for this is that (like a balloon with helium expanding as you blow into it), the burning hydrogen in the sun is turning to helium which is increasing. Even though you may enjoy the sight of a slightly brighter sun, the earth is certainly looking to be obliterated in the next 2 billion years, which really isn’t that long considered how busy our busy our lives are around here!

3) Sea levels rising dramatically

tsunami1Once again because of our wonderful contribution to pollution, has meant that sea levels are rising, but why may you ask? Well pollution causes global warming, and as the water warms in the sea, the water tends to expand. Scientists have predicted that within the 21 century sea levels will rise between 18cm and 59cm and in the longer term (like millennia) sea level rise could be more like 4m to 6m. Now, I personally do not believe the whole of earth can no be flooded by water because firstly I dont think we have enough water to do that, and secondly because i believe the sun will destroy us before anyway! Evidence of natural disasters like Tysnamis wiping out many humans has shown that we need to get out of here, before sea levels increase and cause further havoc!

4) Robot wars!

200-robotsSteven hawkings believes robots will take over the world in a hundred years! You may be thinking this forth one is a little “out there” but it must be agreed that humans quench for improving technology and creating artificial intelligence, may lead to them turning on us? Now, you may be thinking I have been watching too much “I Am Robot”, but technically why couldn’t that happen? Humans have always been ambitious beings, too much ambition is never a good thing, especially when people like hitler and stalin existed in our history. Humans are looking to create robots are similarly to humans as possible, so wouldn’t that mean allow the robot to think for itself, and realise what the hell it’s doing taking orders from beings that may have destroyed the planet!? I see robot overlords happening, so watch your backs…

What do you think guys? Should we go and space colonise? Wouldnt we just cause the same issues in another planet if it does happen? Please comment, like and reblog!