Wednesday, 2 January 2019

New Horizons survived its flyby of Ultima Thule

quote [ New Horizons successfully "phoned home" at 10:28 a.m. EST, letting NASA scientists know all of its systems survived the flyby of Ultima Thule. The first real images will now slowly trickle in over the coming hours and days. ]

IIRC this is the furthest object a spacecraft has flown by. I believe it's not too much longer before distance interferes with transmissions- so this is one of the last objects we can get information from for now.

New Horizons successfully "phoned home" at 10:28 a.m. EST, letting NASA scientists know all of its systems survived the flyby of Ultima Thule. The first real images will now slowly trickle in over the coming hours and days.

"We have a healthy spacecraft," Mission Operations Manager, "MOM," Alice Bowman announced to a crowd of cheering scientists Tuesday morning.

New Horizons, Phone Home
Not long after the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day, as 2018 gave way to 2019, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew by the far-out space rock Ultima Thule. At 12:33 am EST this morning, the craft passed within 2,200 miles (3,540 km) of the Kuiper Belt Object (KBO), formally known as 2014 MU69. This was the farthest object that any craft has ever visited.

Now, New Horizons will beam the first information and images from this close flyby back to Earth. However, seeing as the exploratory spacecraft is about four billion miles (6.6 billion km) from our home planet, this data takes a while to travel back to Earth. In fact, it takes more than six hours for radio signals carrying information from New Horizons to deliver the data to NASA's Deep Space Network.

At 10:28 am EST today, New Horizons made its pre-programed “phone home,” letting the mission team back on Earth know that the craft completed the flyby unharmed. This call didn't include any information about the object, but later today the first science data and imagery of the far-out space rock will be available.

At 11:35 a.m. EST, NASA held a press conference to update the spacecraft status, including the latest images and data download schedule. The New Horizons team released an image taken before the flyby while the spacecraft was still roughly half a million miles from Ultima Thule.

"It's a better pixelated blob than the day before," said New Horizons Project Scientist Hal Weaver. However, the grainy image reveals Ultima Thule is shaped something like a spinning bowling pin.

The first real science data from the flyby will arrive overnight tonight, followed by higher-resolution images over the next few hours and days. The very highest color images won't arrive until February, but the team expects to have a good idea of what Ultima Thule looks like this week.

An even better image should be released on January 2, following a NASA press conference. New Horizons was set to take a total of 900 highest-resolution images throughout the flyby and the mission team will know in time how many of those images clearly show Ultima Thule. All in all, New Horizons will collect 50 gigabits of data, as compared to the 55 gigabits collected at Pluto.

"We're going to start writing our first scientific paper next week," said the Southwest Research Institute's Alan Stern, the New Horizons team leader.

For those looking to keep up with the influx of science data and imagery, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, which live-streamed coverage of the flyby, will continue to provide updates in press conferences which can be viewed here:
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[by lilmookieesquire@6:04amGMT]


Franger Sanger said @ 6:24am GMT on 2nd Jan [Score:2]
I saw the live download tracker on one of the NASA sites. It was sending its data back at 256 bytes/second. Remember getting porn at those rates, holding back your fap and then getting an image with a bit error halfway through, so the image turned into a solid block of grey right down where all the good bits were?

They are estimating the 55 gigabits (sounds more impressive than 6.875 gigabytes) will finish downloading in about 6 months. Holding back that fap would just about create a new Milky Way.
cb361 said @ 9:46am GMT on 2nd Jan
Excuse me, we don't mention such subjects as self-love or anti-religious media on SE.
Franger Sanger said @ 10:11am GMT on 2nd Jan
I guess Jackhammer Jesus is right out then.

cb361 said @ 10:34am GMT on 2nd Jan
Only with special dispensation from the Pope.
Franger Sanger said @ 10:41am GMT on 2nd Jan
Oooh, nice idea. I'm going to write to the manufacturers and see if they can make me a Papal Bull.
cb361 said @ 11:14am GMT on 2nd Jan [Score:1 Funny]
Ah. Perfect for a game of "Hide the Bishop".

Amusingly, when I googled "Hide the Bishop", I got lots of hits about the Catholic Church covering up sexual abuse scandals.
Franger Sanger said @ 11:51am GMT on 2nd Jan
Have a +1 Funny.

Less amusing is that here in Australia, just a few weeks ago our most senior Archbishop was found guilty of five charges of child sexual abuse, and faces further charges this year. The court ordered a nationwide ban on any reporting of the verdict, which included any non-Australian media publishing in Australia.

Even less amusing is that I had to go to Breitbart for the story.

Least amusing of all is that the Archbishop has indeed gone into hiding, and unfortunately Divine Interventions don't make an altar boy model to give to his future cellmates.
Ultima Thule said @ 9:50am GMT on 2nd Jan
Now they will know why they are afraid of the dark. Now they learn why they fear the night.
Ankylosaur said @ 11:43am GMT on 2nd Jan [Score:1 WTF]
Here's what Google News suggested in it's science section (helpfully placed after the entertainment and sports sections): The Trumpet: Borders of the Known World: The most-distant object ever explored, and you
All things—the Oort Cloud and far beyond—will be put in subjection to man. And that is when its decay will end. We will have the awesome responsibility of cleaning up that decay.
“Understand this deeply!” wrote Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry in our Christian-living magazine, Royal Vision. “God is going to PLANT THE HEAVENS! … GOD IS GOING TO UNDERTAKE A MASSIVE BUILDING PROJECT OUT IN THE COSMOS TO MAKE THE UNIVERSE EXQUISITE! Do you really believe that? God is going to extend His government throughout the universe. He is giving you the opportunity to help Him plant the heavens!”
JWWargo said @ 11:10pm GMT on 2nd Jan
Ankylosaur said @ 11:17pm GMT on 2nd Jan [Score:1 Insightful]
We can't cede the Oort Cloud to a bunch of damned dirty bugs. We must secure every planetesimal in the name of Space Lord Jesus!
JWWargo said @ 1:55am GMT on 3rd Jan
I'm doing my part!
lilmookieesquire said @ 3:02am GMT on 3rd Jan
Do you mock Starship Troopers 3? Because there was no Starship Troopers 3.

Starship Troopers 3 Marauder Movie
Ankylosaur said @ 6:01am GMT on 3rd Jan [Score:1 Insightful]
That was a wholesome family film. Michael Medved gave it four and a half golden crosses. Certainly much better than the disappointingly-unchristian-and-coed-showered-filled first in the series.
cb361 said @ 2:42pm GMT on 3rd Jan

It's almost as though they desperately want be offended, and take a perverse pleasure in it.

Won't somebody think of the children exposed to their obscene gratification?
hellboy said[1] @ 9:53am GMT on 5th Jan
My favorites are the "Extremely Offensive / 5" movies. Someone IS thinking of the children, and telling them right where to go for the best stuff.

(It reminds me of the Christian guy who would go to Burning Man every year and write a detailed report, to "document the atrocities", suffering so that other souls wishing to remain pure could benefit from his selfless sacrifice.)
JWWargo said @ 7:32pm GMT on 3rd Jan
“Starship Troopers” begins with what seems like a cheesy military recruiting commercial, but soon changes into an incredible feast of action and special effects.

The reviewer missed the whole point of the movie:
Triumph Troopers
mechanical contrivance said @ 8:00pm GMT on 3rd Jan
Most people do.
JWWargo said @ 9:03pm GMT on 3rd Jan [Score:1 Underrated]
Probably because they write it off as merely schlocky sci-fi meets 90210. It was a favorite of mine in high school, but precisely for its over-the-topness. I didn't glean completely the satirical overtones and critique of fascism as a kid, but post-9/11 I used to joke (as I assume others did) that the film predicted the War in Iraq. And now it appears to have again become retroactively interesting:

Chapo Trap House on Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers

The Politics of Starship Troopers

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