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Re: Pluto flyby

Postby cyanyoshi » Sat Jul 18, 2015 12:28 am UTC

PolakoVoador wrote:Went to the NASA website to see if there were any official theory, but for now it's mostly "Maybe hills? I dunno" due to the limited amount of data sent back.

What I liked was this phrase:

Alan Stern, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) wrote:We’ve only scratched the surface of our Pluto exploration, but it already seems clear to me that in the initial reconnaissance of the solar system, the best was saved for last.


Have any other rocky world (or moon) of our solar system given us so many "Well, no idea how that happens" at first encounter?

This has happened for every mission flown to the outer solar system from what I recall. Before Galileo flew to Jupiter, it was thought that the outer planets' moons would be basically like our moon. Then Io and Europa happened. If these missions have taught us anything (other than all that excellent scientific data), it is that there is always room to be surprised.

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Re: Pluto flyby

Postby gmalivuk » Sun Jul 19, 2015 11:48 pm UTC

We knew something of the weirdness of Io and Europa for about 20 years before Galileo made it out there.
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Re: Pluto flyby

Postby cyanyoshi » Mon Jul 20, 2015 5:04 am UTC

Whoops! How could I forget about Voyager?

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Re: Pluto flyby

Postby PolakoVoador » Tue Jul 21, 2015 5:40 pm UTC

First New Horizon's images of Nyx and Hydra:

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Re: Pluto flyby

Postby freezeblade » Tue Jul 21, 2015 6:59 pm UTC

so Hydra is an alpaca?
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Re: Pluto flyby

Postby SlyReaper » Tue Jul 21, 2015 6:59 pm UTC

freezeblade wrote:so Hydra is an alpaca?

ARGH CANNOT UNSEE!
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Re: Pluto flyby

Postby slinches » Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:05 pm UTC

Actually, I think it looks more like a gorilla.
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Re: Pluto flyby

Postby Whizbang » Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:08 pm UTC

Mufasa

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Re: Pluto flyby

Postby Sheikh al-Majaneen » Wed Jul 22, 2015 1:15 am UTC

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Re: Pluto flyby

Postby PolakoVoador » Fri Sep 11, 2015 12:19 pm UTC

More pics!

Spoilered because huge
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Pluto dark areas
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Pluto mosaic
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