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Old 12-27-2018, 10:39 PM   #706
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Old 12-30-2018, 06:44 PM   #707
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History will be made on Tuesday when Nasa's New Horizons probe sweeps past the icy world known as Ultima Thule.
Occurring some 6.5 billion km (4 billion miles) from Earth, the flyby will set a new record for the most distant ever exploration of a Solar System object by a spacecraft.
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Old 12-31-2018, 03:00 PM   #709
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New Horizon: Requesting to buzz the Tower Of Ultima Thule?

Tower Of Ultima Thule: your request is Accepted. Buzzing the Tower of Ultima Thule is accepted and appreciated

New Horizon: "Buzzes the Tower of Ultima Thule"

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Old 12-31-2018, 05:44 PM   #710
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Godspeed, New Horizons.
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Old 01-01-2019, 09:59 AM   #711
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Fly-by should have been at 06:33 UTC this morning. Right now, NH should be sending the "I'm okay and I did it!" signal, sending it for 17 minutes. It will take about 6 hours to reach Earth.
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Old 01-01-2019, 03:40 PM   #712
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http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily...ima-thule.html

They should have received a slightly better image last night. Anyway, late today/early tomorrow the best ones should be received. Before that there's the "phone home", which should arrive at 1528UTC, live on NASATV.

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Phone-home reception coming up:


Look to the DSN antennas in Madrid: https://eyes.nasa.gov/dsn/dsn.html

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It's alive!!!!

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SOURCE
NEW HORIZONS

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DATA

DATA RATE
501.00 b/sec

FREQUENCY
8.44 GHz

POWER RECEIVED
-148.38 dBm
(1.45 x 10-21 kW)

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Memory full of data!!!!!

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So far so good, it survived the flyby intact, now it only needs to send the data down.
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Old 01-01-2019, 03:41 PM   #713
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Healthy spacecraft. Now let's go for imagery.
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Old 01-01-2019, 05:34 PM   #714
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New Horizons: Nasa probe survives flyby of Ultima Thule

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The US space agency's New Horizons probe has made contact with Earth to confirm its successful flyby of the icy world known as Ultima Thule.

The encounter occurred some 6.5bn km (4bn miles) away, making it the most distant ever exploration of an object in our Solar System.

New Horizons acquired gigabytes of photos and other observations during the pass.

It will now send these home over the coming months.

The radio message from the robotic craft was picked up by one of Nasa's big antennas, in Madrid, Spain.

It had taken fully six hours and eight minutes to traverse the great expanse of space between Ultima and Earth.
More details in the article.
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Old 01-02-2019, 07:14 PM   #716
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Live press conference now:

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Old 01-02-2019, 07:58 PM   #717
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Glad to see someone else is watching the press briefing ... and reading BBC.
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Old 01-03-2019, 10:27 AM   #719
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Indeed it was a great press conference and great results to show, even with just a few images on the ground!
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New Movie Shows Ultima Thule from an Approaching New Horizons
NASA Spacecraft Begins Returning New Images, Other Data from Historic New Year's Flyby
This movie shows the propeller-like rotation of Ultima Thule in the seven hours between 20:00 UT (3 p.m. ET) on Dec. 31, 2018, and 05:01 UT (12:01 a.m.) on Jan. 1, 2019, as seen by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) aboard NASA's New Horizons as the spacecraft sped toward its close encounter with the Kuiper Belt object at 05:33 UT (12:33 a.m. ET) on Jan. 1.
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