July 14, 2015

New Horizons LIVES!

One of the Brickmuppet's Crack Team of Science Babes reacts to the news that the New Horizons Probe has successfully reestablished contact with NASA.

One thing thing that they added to the list of discoveries is that the planetoid is rather larger than they had thought.

 Preliminary images and instrument readings show that Pluto is much larger than scientists had expected—about two-thirds the size of Earth’s moon. By the most recent measurements, Pluto is about 1,472 miles in diameter, making it easily the biggest planetary object beyond the orbit of Neptune. 

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It will take some time to get the closet picture processed as the data transmission rate is agonizingly slow, but this pic taken before the probe turned all its antennae on Pluto and its moons gives some idea of what to expect.

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1 And until about a month ago, our best photo of Pluto was this.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wed Jul 15 02:05:03 2015 (PiXy!)

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