Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Dark_Convoy, Mar 5, 2007.
2015 seems so long, and yet I know it'll be here before we know it. I wonder if this project will bring forth any great new "oh snap" level discoveries. I'm surprised it's already that far, I guess Jupiter isn't as far as I thought.
Even so, I know it's still insanely far away. Even our moon is way further than I had thought, I saw a small picture showing the approximate distance between it and the planet and it was a real mindfuck for some reason, I just never thought about how far it really is until then. Again, just another thing to bright the whole "we are small and insignificant" thing into even sharper focus.
I know. I STILL to this day can't believe that the Earth's just a tiny speck in our galaxy.
But great news for New Horizons! Pluto or bust!
Thx for this info Dark. Man I hope they got some good pics and I hope it goes by Pluto and out to space to find some life.
dude, did u see that pic showing jupe's ring in its entirety?
thought i saw a monolith too.
Gotta love gravity slingshots. 9000 miles per hour just by driving close to a large mass.
I wonder how much slingshot I can get during my drive into work today...
Pluto, even after being dropped as a planet, it still gets some love.
Well, New Horizons WAS launched before Pluto's planetary status came into question.
How long ago did this craft leave Earth?
It was launched January 19th 2006.
That's moving! It takes me over a year just to reach Martian airspace.
Are you shitting me?
YOU ARE NOT SHITTING ME. Jesus on a toaster that thing is moving. The last probe launched on a direct path to Jupiter took a couple years to get there. I guess I'm used to slower missions with even more indirect paths? Also some times I'm full of baloney.
So yeah, if it's the fastest spacecraft ever, that would explain why it's taking less time than usual.
Anyone know if it's using an ion engine or a chemical one? This mission seems like it should be a good job for the ion engine.
Straight chemical, but apparently it had a hell of a fast launch.
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