April 16, 2015
The first pictures of Pluto and Charon were really rather disappointing. I eagerly clicked the link, and all I got was a couple of blurry spots.
I suppose it was inevitable, and of course they'll get better as it gets closer, but right now those pictures are little better than ones shot by telescopes.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Thu Apr 16 17:39:48 2015 (+rSRq)
Posted by: Wonderduck at Thu Apr 16 21:56:39 2015 (jGQR+)
Posted by: Siergen at Fri Apr 17 17:29:04 2015 (Cvfrl)
Those photos were taken on April 9, 71 million miles from Pluto. By May 5, New Horizons will have a better view of Pluto than the Hubble telescope. Closest approach will be on July 14, at just 6200 miles. So we'll get much better pictures over the next three months.
The one limitation is that New Horizons is moving at 30,000 mph, so that close approach will be very brief. Well, that and radio signals take 11 hours to make a round trip, so we can't control the approach in anything like real time.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Fri Apr 17 20:28:12 2015 (2yngH)
I often find myself driving behind these people.
Posted by: Mikeski at Fri Apr 17 21:37:56 2015 (aLP9q)
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