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New Horizons Snaps Long Range Photo of Jupiter

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posted on Sep, 27 2006 @ 06:43 PM
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NASA's New Horizons probe, bound for Pluto, snapped an image of
Jupiter that astronomers said serves as a promise of what's to come
early next year when the craft nears the gas giant planet.

New Horizons won't reach Pluto until 2015. Meantime it is testing
out its equipment on a much larger target.

The craft was about 181 million miles (291 million kilometers) away
from Jupiter when the image was snapped with the Long Range
Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI).

"New Horizons is speeding toward this majestic planet at 45,000
miles per hour, right on target for a close encounter on Feb. 28 of
next year," said New Horizons Project Scientist Hal Weaver, of the
Johns Hopkins
University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), where LORRI was
designed and built.
"LORRI's resolution at Jupiter will be 125 times better than now,
and we're really looking forward to getting the most detailed views
of the Jovian system since Cassini's flyby in late 2000 and Galileo's
final images in 2003."





SOURCE:
Space.com


Pretty cool, if it can get a photo that good from long range, it's resolution
at close(r) range must be spectacular.

I just wish it was'nt so slow.


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[edit on 9/27/2006 by iori_komei]




posted on Sep, 27 2006 @ 11:53 PM
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Originally posted by iori_komei
I just wish it was'nt so slow.

Technicaly...I think its the fastest spacecraft ever.

Which makes you relize how huge our solar system is.

I look forward to seeing some great dwarf plantet pics.



posted on Sep, 28 2006 @ 07:56 AM
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Originally posted by Murcielago

Originally posted by iori_komei
I just wish it was'nt so slow.

Technicaly...I think its the fastest spacecraft ever.

Which makes you relize how huge our solar system is.

I look forward to seeing some great dwarf plantet pics.


Quite right Murcie! It's going at a MIND-BLOWING 0.00671% of the speed of light!

The best I'm willing to do in my car is 0.00001296%.

While walking around I average about 0.000000139%.

But the planet we're standing on is travelling at an immense 0.00993%. It's travelling faster than that satellite around the sun.


When you're working with speeds like these, across distances where we measure how far light's travelling in a YEAR, yeah, you get to realise the absurd HUGENESS of the universe.

Heck, Earth is only 8 light minutes away from the sun - Pluto's 5 light HOURS. 37.5 times the distance from the sun to the earth.

And that's still just hours. The closest star is 4 light years away... 65743.6 times the distance from the sun to the earth, and 1753.2 times the distance from the sun to Pluto.



 
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