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Re: New Horizons

Posted: August 10th, 2016, 11:41 am
by Christopher K.
I have heard some fantastic news from LSU: Alan Stern, the PI of the New Horizons mission, will be speaking here in Baton Rouge next month! We all recall last year's thrilling live broadcasts from New Horizons' control rooms. Dr. Stern was there with several very happy colleagues.

Alan Stern will be speaking at LSU on Friday 2 September at 2pm in the Hill Memorial Library. The presentation has no admission fee, but is probably best suited for ages fourteen and older. Good job by Professor Geoff Clayton, who is officially hosting Dr. Stern's talk.

I'll certainly be there! I hope our wonderful local astronomy club is well-represented.

More information: ... public.php

About Dr. Stern: ... 02jwy4371v

About Dr. Clayton:

Re: New Horizons

Posted: September 19th, 2018, 11:40 am
by Christopher K.
Today at 12pm CDT on NASA Live (not NASA-TV), there will be a science chat on the upcoming New Year's Day flyby of New Horizons past "Ultima Thule". Ultima Thule is an unofficial name. The event will take place at the New Horizons Mission Operations Center of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

Scheduled participants include...
*Jim Green (Chief scientist, NASA Headquarters)
*Alan Stern (New Horizons Principal Investigator)
*Alice Bowman (New Horizons Mission Operations Manager)

More information: ... -encounter

Re: New Horizons

Posted: December 19th, 2018, 1:30 pm
by Christopher K.
Today at 2pm CST, NASA-TV will have a preview of the upcoming New Horizons flyby of Ultima Thule on 1 January. This will be the farthest spacecraft flyby in history!

More information: ... belt-flyby

Re: New Horizons

Posted: January 2nd, 2019, 12:44 pm
by Christopher K.
Today at 1pm CST, the first clear images from Ultima Thule will be shown to the public via NASA TV... ... tml#public
Scheduled panelists include...
Will Grundy (Lowell Observatory)
Jeff Morrow (Ames Research Center)
Cathy Olkin (Southwest Research Institute)
Alan Stern (Southwest Research Institute)

Tomorrow at 1pm CST, there will be a second press briefing with some analyzed science results, again to be shown on NASA Live.

Re: New Horizons

Posted: February 11th, 2019, 3:46 pm
by fred8615
Ultima Thule Beyond Pluto Is Flat Like a Pancake (and Not a Space Snowman After All)

Ultima Thule doesn't look much like a snowman after all.

The final photos that NASA's New Horizons spacecraft snapped of Ultima Thule during the probe's epic Jan. 1 flyby reveal the distant object to be far flatter than scientists had thought, mission team members announced today (Feb. 8).

"We had an impression of Ultima Thule based on the limited number of images returned in the days around the flyby, but seeing more data has significantly changed our view," New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, said in a statement.

"It would be closer to reality to say Ultima Thule's shape is flatter, like a pancake," Stern added. "But more importantly, the new images are creating scientific puzzles about how such an object could even be formed. We've never seen something like this orbiting the sun."

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Re: New Horizons

Posted: April 1st, 2020, 11:46 pm
by Christopher K.
This is the first generation of kids who know Pluto's surface. New Horizons gave us a bonus with views of a second Kuiper Belt Object. A New Horizons documentary will play on NASA-TV...
Thursday 2 April, 7pm and 8pm
Times are Central Daylight.