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Old 07-14-2015, 09:19 PM   #21
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After a wait, spacecraft confirms that it survived its close pass of Pluto

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New Horizons spacecraft phoned home Tuesday night, reporting that it had made it to Pluto and beyond after crossing the solar system for 9.5 years. To the immense relief of the men and women who had built it and then flung it into deep space, the robotic probe sent a brief stream of data, received shortly before 9 p.m., confirming that it had survived the close pass of the dwarf planet.

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft reached Pluto on Tuesday after crossing the solar system for nine and a half years, inciting a day-long celebration that stretched into the evening as scientists and engineers awaited the crucial “I-survived” message from the robotic probe.

On its approach to Pluto, the spacecraft obtained the most arresting image yet of the dwarf planet. Pluto is not a bland and featureless ball of ice, but rather a complex, variegated, mottled world with broad snowfields, structures that look like cliffs or fault lines, and a strikingly bright heart-shaped area that could be the eroded remnant of a giant impact crater.

Cheers erupted at 7:50 a.m. Tuesday at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, the home of the mission, as a countdown clock ticked to zero, signifying the spacecraft’s closest approach to Pluto’s surface, about 7,750 miles.



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Old 07-14-2015, 09:43 PM   #22
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This is so cool..If we just didn't have the political divide in this country the solar system could be ours to have bases everywhere...
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Honestly, I never thought I would see what Pluto actually looks like. I'd always imagined it as just a rock with other rocks. This is so cool. NASA's budget needs to be fully funded - whatever they need.
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Old 07-14-2015, 10:35 PM   #24
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This is so cool..If we just didn't have the political divide in this country the solar system could be ours to have bases everywhere...
So true, isn't it about time for humanity to reach out and colonize space instead of endless globalist system of divide and conquer politics and war...nice thought anyway..the sooner the truth embargo ends the sooner we can get thier perhaps..maybe someday..

Pluto is now the most distant object ever visited by humanity

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Old 07-15-2015, 12:43 AM   #25
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found this on a local news' facebook page. Enjoy the hilarity.
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Old 07-15-2015, 03:08 PM   #26
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Please someone find the GIF of a head bashing the desk... Some people just need to have their head drilled out with a Black and Decker drill and filled with cement..

Air in Space.. LOL
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Old 07-15-2015, 03:29 PM   #27
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Amazing...
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Old 07-15-2015, 03:31 PM   #28
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Pluto's surface...

http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/15/89...ew-pluto-image
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Old 07-15-2015, 06:29 PM   #29
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Please someone find the GIF of a head bashing the desk... Some people just need to have their head drilled out with a Black and Decker drill and filled with cement..

Air in Space.. LOL


Pretty sure that was all on purpose. Sometimes it's hard to see sarcasm/satire in a textual form, but that was painfully obvious.
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Amazing...


I remember Charon from when it was on The Love Boat and Fantasy Island a lot and used to say "cuchi-cuchi" all the time...
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