Word of warning: Do not expect a lot from this mission, at least not at first. There will be a few last pre-flyby images sent on July 13, the day prior to the flying. On the day of the flyby, nothing. New Horizons will be looking at the Pluto/Charon system during the flyby, not at the Earth. It can't do both. There will be a "phone home" signal sent to Earth after the flyby, but this will just contain system telemetry data. The vehicle will send a few highly compressed "first look" and "high priority" images Earthward in the days that follow the flyby, and then nothing. Image transmission will cease on July 20th and won't resume until mid September. That's when we'll slowly start seeing the good stuff.Into July.
Now only two weeks to wait for the real thing .... !!
It's not the Sun. Pluto will be in opposition on July 6, just a week before the flyby.What is the reason for the pause until September before the bulk of data gets transmitted?
I know these breaks in transmission occur with the Mars rovers because the Sun gets in the way.
Gah! No no no! Hang in there, little buddy! Hang in there!Anyone have info on the problems with New Horizon's computer?
From the article:
On Saturday, an unknown glitch caused New Horizons to switch to a backup computer, which triggered an 81-minute break in radio communications with mission controllers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, NASA said in a status report.
"Full recovery is expected to take from one to several days," NASA said. "New Horizons will be temporarily unable to collect science data during that time."
Are you using the PF Mobile App, or just your phone's browser? If you aren't using the PF App, I recommend it over the tiny browser buttons and such.I meant to reply to post #4, about the delay until September for the data return. Quoting is so awkward in the mobile interface and I forgot to specify due to sleepy brain.