posted on Dec, 16 2005 @ 09:31 PM
Prediction for probes results:
Robert: "Well Jim, we found out that Pluto is really cold and-"
Hatley: "Really cold!"
Robert: "... yes... and the chemical compasition is mostly space dust, rocks, water, and carbon."
Hatley: "Like it was some kind of comet or something!"
Robert: "Which it is... what a shock there..."
Hatley: "I was surprised, weren't you?"
Robert: "No, not really."
Aside from that, I don't think we're going to actually learn too much from this probe - assuming it actually gets there (been a string of
malfunctions lately in the space industry). We might. Maybe I'm dead wrong... but the last big thing was Cassini-Huygens, and I had big expectations,
and what did we find out?
Robert: "Ummm... mud!"
Robert: "And rocks THIS BIG!"
Hatley: "And rocks!"
Seriously, that was about it. Oh, mind you, the geological pictures were STUNNING! Amazing what water-like substances can do to change the features of
a planet/moon. Mars doesn't look like that because erosion's turned it all flat - but erosion (and I guess subsequent mountain-building) have really
made some stunning features on Titan.
Maybe that's what we'll learn from a Plutonian probe - good pictures of what a comet looks like and their structure/density.