Pluto

Those poor objects stuck in size between asteroids and true planets.
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Christopher K. wrote:"The Year of Pluto" will air a few more times on all three NASA-TVs. I have yet to see it, but NASA apparently really wants to promote this program.

The dates and times are...
Tuesday, 30 June at 8pm
Wednesday, 1 July at 9pm
Thursday, 2 July at 8pm

All times are Daylight.
It's also available anytime on the New Horizons website, under "Multmedia," then "Videos," then "Mission Videos."

Or, if you prefer a direct link:

http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/Multimedia/Videos/index.php

You can also download the video to play whenever you want. You have to begin the video to get the download option.
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This past week's update on the New Horizons/Pluto Pre-Flyby Mission will be rerun at 2:30pm CDT today on all three NASA-TVs. HRPO staff is now enumerating and double-checking the resources for the activities for the facilities morning and evening events on Tuesday the 14th.
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Astronomy magazine has a "40 years of Pluto portraits" art slideshow in honor of the New Horizons mission. Shows how artists have envisioned Pluto in years past.

http://astronomy.com/year-of-pluto/2015 ... h-the-ages
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HRPO's classic NASA Robotic Missions display, which has encircled the staff area in the main building for several years, received an overhaul from Amy and Emily. Whereas before, the missions/spacecraft were in order counterclockwise by launch date, they are now grouped by primary assocation to one another and the Planet Pillars.

The clockwise order now is...
"Observatory News"
"Mars Exploration Program"
"Dawn"
"Juno"
"The Great Observatories"
"Cassini"
"New Horizons"
"Voyager"
"Kepler"
Of course, as this display has always been for "live" missions, any missions that ended after the original display was installed has been jettisoned for the overhaul. This display will officially premier on Tuesday the 14th during HRPO's final two public gatherings for Pluto.
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In three days history will be made and human beings across the globe will know Pluto as no other previous generation has.

Why go to Pluto to investigate? There are several reasons; a few are listed here...
1) We have never investigated a binary planet up close. A binary planet is a pair of objects whose gravitational point lies between them. This is the case with Pluto and Charon since Charon is so massive.
2) The ice dwarfs, of which Pluto is one, are literally early remnants of the Solar System--they are the objects from which the larger "regular" planets got built.
3) The visit to Pluto will complete the exploration of the "traditional" Solar System to which many of us were introduced in grade school!

More information:
http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/Pluto/Why-Pluto.php
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Re: Pluto

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There are 1.6 million kilometers left. We're thirty-four hours away! New Horizon's seven science instruments, needless to say, are busy collecting data. A possible crater, at least one possible cliff, a light-toned heart-shaped area, and mysterious evenly-spaced dark areas. I'm glad we decided to go!

More information:
http://www.nasa.gov/feature/one-million ... -than-ever
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We're fourteen hours from history!

A Saturday image released today shows incredible differences in tone between the double-planet partners Pluto and Charon. It's almost though NASA kept the Charon image grayscale while revealing the colors of Pluto--but of course NASA didn't. The contrast should be more accurate when the images are enhanced with data now being transmitted by New Horizons.

More information:
http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/a-por ... and-charon
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There are twelve minutes left to possibly the most historic Solar System flyby in space exploration history! Congratulations to the United States and its partners!

As I came in to work (very early, at 4:30am) I saw the Pleiades for the first time this season, rising in the east. I thought about human exploration over these past thousands of years and what this morning will really mean to future generations. We now know Pluto to be 18.5% of the diameter of Earth.

More information:
http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/recen ... w-horizons
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We made it. All twentieth-century "planets" from Mercury to Neptune (and a nineteenth-century "planet", Ceres) have been visited by our country! Are we good, or are we good?

Here's an amazing picture showing the celebration at Johns Hopkins University...
http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/nasa- ... h-to-pluto

Once again, HRPO's festivities begin at 6pm. Tell your family and friends!
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Re: Pluto

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Fewer than four hours before the Arrival at Pluto Party at HRPO. There should be at least eight different prizes for correct answerers of the Pluto quiz.

Live satellite interviews concerning the New Horizons mission will be aired on all three NASA-TVs at 5am CDT and 11am CDT tomorrow morning.
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