New Horizons

Those poor objects stuck in size between asteroids and true planets.
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Re: New Horizons

Post by Christopher K. » April 13th, 2015, 3:05 pm

There will be two New Horizons briefings tomorrow afternoon at NASA HQ in Washington, DC. Both briefings can be viewing on NASA-TV1, NASA-TV2 and NASA-TV3. "Seeing Pluto as Never Before" will take place at 12pm CDT; scheduled participants include James Green, Alan Stern, John Grunsfeld, William McKinnon and Cathy Olkin. "Getting to Pluto" will take place at 1:30pm CDT; scheduled participants include James Green, Alan Stern, Glen Fountain and Hal Weaver.

James Green is Director of Planetary Science at NASA. Alan Stern (of the Southwest Research Institute) is principal investigator for New Horizons.

More information:
http://www.nasa.gov/press/2015/april/na ... -to-pluto/

New Horizons closed the gap with Pluto to less than an astronomical unit on 10 March...
http://www.nasa.gov/newhorizons/a-recor ... -horizons/

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Re: New Horizons

Post by Christopher K. » April 14th, 2015, 1:33 pm

My mistake. This second presentation (happening right now) is only on NASA-TV3. I could have sworn as of yesterday both presentations were listed as showing on all three channels.

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Re: New Horizons

Post by Christopher K. » June 5th, 2015, 2:27 pm

The Highland Road Park Observatory will throw a New Horizons Party on Friday 3 July from 7pm to 10pm. The Party is free admission and for all ages. It will reintroduce the general public to the fastest spacecraft human beings have ever created, and the upcoming history-making flyby of Pluto. There will be games and giveways, as well as the newest videos and images.

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Re: New Horizons

Post by Christopher K. » June 16th, 2015, 5:06 pm

The weekly update for the New Horizons mission took place this morning and was broadcast live. It will be rerun on all three NASA-TVs. The rerun times are...
16 June, 6:30pm CDT
16 June, 10:30pm CDT
17 June, 6:30am CDT

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Re: New Horizons

Post by Christopher K. » June 18th, 2015, 11:09 am

Most of us realize that three-dimension printing is all the rage at this time. Not being fools, the good people at NASA have released schematics to assist in creating a personal 3D model of New Horizons!

The instructions:
http://nasa3d.arc.nasa.gov/detail/new-horizons

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Re: New Horizons

Post by Christopher K. » June 24th, 2015, 5:31 pm

HRPO is looking into the possibility of having a New Horizons 3D model created and on display during these next few weeks! I will also recommended that models be created by all who have access to 3-D printing technology.

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Re: New Horizons

Post by Christopher K. » July 1st, 2015, 6:36 pm

This week's update on the New Horizons/Pluto Pre-Flyby Mission will replay on all three NASA-TVs tomorrow at 2:30pm CDT and 6:30pm CDT. Beginning next week, the New Horizons mission team will air daily live updates. We're getting close!

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Re: New Horizons

Post by Christopher K. » July 2nd, 2015, 7:44 pm

A group of amazing images was released by NASA yesterday. They reveal that Pluto has distinguishable hemisphere, and that the object's overall color may be not unlike Mars. New Horizons is also getting ready to detect whether Pluto has clouds.

More information:
http://www.nasa.gov/feature/new-horizon ... -fascinate

Don't forget the party at HRPO tomorrow night...
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/special.html

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Re: New Horizons

Post by Christopher K. » July 6th, 2015, 12:21 pm

The Party was a success; about forty people attended (including Ethan H., Kathy H., Adele T. and Wesley W. from the Stargazers session that had just ended that evening). BRAS Secretary Roz, BRAS members Susan M. and Rory, and BRAS Co-Founder Craig Brenden were there as well. Kids had fun coloring the cardboard rocket, which was at least one-and-half meters long. Due to a small chance of rain Jordan did not lower the dropout but most everyone got to see Venus and Saturn. Tom played the "Year of Pluto" video from the front desk. Roz demonstrated the contrasting melting blocks. Program Aide Hayley Franklin staffed the redemption table, where those kids taking the multiple-choice quiz could earn prizes for their correct answers. Of the twelve or so different prizes available, only three were left at the end of the Party.

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Re: New Horizons

Post by Christopher K. » July 9th, 2015, 11:02 am

New Horizon's current display is part of the overhauled rotation encircling the staff area at HRPO. Going counterclockwise, New Horizons' display is third-to-last, opposite BRAS' LCD monitor.

Five days from history!

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