Today's the day that New Horizons gets its wake-up call!
Here's more from:
The Los Angeles Times
New Horizons will come out of hibernation for the last time on Dec. 6. Between now and then, while the Pluto-bound probe enjoys three more weeks of electronic slumber, work on Earth is well under way to prepare the spacecraft for a six-month encounter with the planet that begins in January.
From the PlanetPlutoWine.com website:
What’s in a name? The rejection of planetary status for Pluto by the International Working Group for Planetary Systems Nomenclature stands as a chilling example of our 20th Century twisted thought process. “Planet” is a very old term which means “wanderer,” thus any heavenly body which failed to conform to Aristotle’s theory which required precise orbit around the Earth every 24 hours. Like all other bodies in the solar system, Pluto qualifies as a planet, despite what contemporary revisionist scientists may say. It’s our language, not theirs!
It is particularly ironic that the original meaning of the word "Planet" from the Greek... meaning 'wanderer', was a celestial body which did not behave conforming to theory. The planets were the objects which wandered from the normal 24-hour rotation observed for most objects in the heavens. Pluto's nonconformity with current planetary theory is all the more reason for it to merit the designation.
Here's winemaker Clark Smith
talking about his Planet Pluto Wine:
These folks obviously have great taste,
so I've ordered a few bottles - you can too:
When reasonable and unbiased people ignore the hyperbole and actually examine the science - they overwhelmingly come to the same conclusion - Pluto is a Planet.
This happened once again on September 18th at an open forum addressing the still unresolved question of “what is a planet” held at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. After hearing all the evidence, the attendees voted overwhelmingly in favor of planet status for Pluto.
Read more about it at:
The Space Reporter
Great News. As we get closer to New Horizons' rendezvous with Pluto and the Plutonian System, our favorite planet is growing a larger web presence. The newest arrival is the Pluto Photo of the Day page. We've added a link to the right-hand sidebar ---->
Here's a sample:
(PHOTO COURTESY OF NASA)
New Horizons was launched on 19 January 2006 from Cape Canaveral, FL. Launched directly into an Earth-and-solar-escape trajectory with an Earth-relative speed of about 16.26 km/s (58,536 km/h; 36,373 mph), it set the record for the fastest human-made object to leave Earth
Amanda Zangari, a Postdoctoral Researcher who’s been working with NASA’s New Horizons Mission since July of last year, has launched a new Blog on Tumblr called "Postcards from Pluto".
Amanda says she started the project to share what it’s like to be a scientist on New Horizons, and explain some of the day to day workings of what they do. She says she plans to give short updates about once a week through encounter (July, 2015), hence the “Postcards” title.
So far, she's off to a great start!
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