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Target: Ultima Thule

Discussion in 'Personal' started by lanokia, Dec 31, 2018.

  1. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    There are people who will pay hundreds of pounds on time spent floating in an overpriced sensory deprivation tank.

    Think what they could save by just visiting Neasden.
  2. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    The data is expected to start hitting us around 3:30pm UK time.

  3. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    They should try looking for life signs in Hatfield Town Centre on a typical weekend.
  4. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    It looks like a snowman
  5. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Yeah quite snowman like
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  6. Grandsire

    Grandsire Star commenter

    Fascinating discussion with those who understand these things over dinner this evening about it - how far away New Horizons is now; how long it takes to download the information sent back to Earth at (I think) 1kB per second; and how NASA’s mission to photograph Ultima Thule located it by looking for the merest flicker of a shadow as it passed in front of a few known stars last year, which then allowed them to calculate its trajectory and steer the New Horizons probe towards it, taking into account the small amount of fuel left on board.

    Incredible to think that humans can do all that, yet I can’t have a working whiteboard in my classroom for weeks on end...
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  7. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

  8. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    It's a giant rRNA molecule! Imagine the size of star beast it must have come from!
  9. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Best picture yet.


    Taken at a distance of 6,700km from the target.

    Another photo is due, taken from about half that distance.
    lanokia likes this.
  10. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Damn look at that... stunning.

    Cheers Nomad!
    nomad likes this.
  11. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    Has he got a touch of ringworm?
  12. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    It seems the "space snowman" is more like a "gingerbread man".


    Scientists studying the distant object known as Ultima Thule are revising ideas about its shape after examining the latest images downlinked to Earth.

    The pictures, taken by the New Horizons probe on 1 January, show the apparently bulbous body to be quite flat.

    This interpretation is evident from the data acquired by the Nasa spacecraft when it looked back at icy Ultima Thule as it zoomed past at 50,000km/h.
    lanokia likes this.
  13. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    Here is a clearer picture;

  14. Mainwaring

    Mainwaring Lead commenter

    Ultima Thule? I've been there. It's awful.
    lanokia likes this.
  15. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Easily confused with Swindon. [insert disliked town name of your choice]
  16. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    More like Ahoghill.
  17. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    In the distant star system of Ahogill an astronomer, having turned their massive scientific instruments on a pale yellow star on the outer edges of a non-descript spiral galaxy takes note of your post.

    "Prepare the war fleets of Ahogill!"

    And so the death of mankind was given life.
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