posted on Oct, 22 2014 @ 04:36 AM
a reply to: LABTECH767
Well, charge isn't really measured in voltage - it's coulombs - voltage is just the potential difference between the two points, but I am sure you
know that as you seem to be clued up on electrikery. With a low voltage of 200v and the high resistance of a vacuum, the current must have been
exceedingly tiny. Either that, or maybe the probe interacted with Hyperion's or Saturn's magnetic field which allowed the current to flow much
a reply to: MysterX
Not a fan of reading source articles properly then? It states in there this is a recent study of old data.
Here is a link the actual paper submitted to Geophysical Research Letters by Tom
Nordheim, of Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London
A new analysis of data from NASA's Cassini mission has revealed that, during a 2005 flyby of Saturn's moon Hyperion, the spacecraft was
briefly bathed in a beam of electrons coming from the moon's electrostatically charged surface.
In there, it mentions previous studies
from 2010 and 2012, so this particular paper must have been done more recently than that - also, it is
written by a Doctoral candidate (I suspect this paper forms part of his Doctorate) so it could only have been started in the last 2 years anyway.
So, in summary, no one has sat on this news for 8 years. In fact, no one even realised it had happened until this post-grad looking for his Doctorate
went sifting through old data and picked up on the really very tiny discharge recorded which was buried within reams of data collected by the probe
over the years which will still be sifted through for years to come, with more discoveries to be announced.
It's a damning indictment of your own failure to read the rather simple OP article properly, much less do your own leg work and look up the paper
yourself or in fact any other information before jumping in with both feet to first get your chronology all messed up, but to also call the scientists
studying this massive pile of data (which you would have no hope at all of even understanding
) incompetent amateurs.
There are incompetent amateurs involved in this topic, but it's not the author of the paper, but rather commentators on the fringe like yourself.