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Coloured Pluto comes into view

  1. Apr 14, 2015 #1
    As reported by the BBC:

    By Jonathan Amos BBC Science Correspondent

    The New Horizons probe, which is bearing down on Pluto, has captured its first colour image of the distant dwarf planet.

    The picture, just released by the US space agency, shows a reddish world accompanied by its biggest moon, Charon.

    New Horizons is set to barrel past Pluto on 14 July.

    It will acquire a mass of data that it will then return to Earth very slowly over the course of the next 16 months.

    [article continues...] http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-32311907

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  3. Apr 15, 2015 #2


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    Just what I need, another 3 months of being glued to my computer monitor......
    Thank god it's not going into orbit.

    The New Horizons craft is at the moment in communication with two Deep Space Network dishes:
    Goldstone #14
    Data reception rate: 1.26 kb/sec​
    Canberra #43
    Data reception rate: 1.26 kb/sec
    Data transmission rate: not specified​

  4. Apr 16, 2015 #3
    Man, this is so cool. Who'd have thought Pluto was red? I'd always pictured it as being darkish-grey and drab looking.
  5. Apr 16, 2015 #4


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    Emily Lakdawalla, Planetary Evangelist, made an interesting observation about the "published" image of Pluto and Charon:

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