New Horizons - Mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt

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Re: New Horizons - Mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt

#21  Postby CdesignProponentsist » Aug 29, 2018 10:56 pm

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Ultima in View: NASA’s New Horizons Makes First Detection of Kuiper Belt Flyby Target

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has made its first detection of its next flyby target, the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule, more than four months ahead of its New Year's 2019 close encounter.

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Only 107 million miles to go...


Well that snuck up on me. I was expecting this to take longer for some reason. Looking forward to that dot growing bigger.
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Re: New Horizons - Mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt

#22  Postby felltoearth » Aug 30, 2018 1:40 am

How fast is New Horizons travelling compared to, say, Voyager?

(I would look it up but it’s late here.)
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Re: New Horizons - Mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt

#23  Postby newolder » Aug 30, 2018 6:54 am

New Horizons is currently moving at a staggering 57,936 km/h (36,000 mph).7 Sep 2015

Voyager Mission Status, by NASA says that Voyager 1 is leaving the solar system at a speed of 17.46 km/s.

Voyager 1 speed converts to more than 62,000 km/h.

Roughly equal numbers but with respect to what, I didn't find out on this cursory glance (first page search results)...

Though there is this from space.stackexchange:
Though New Horizons will also reach 100 AU, it will never pass Voyager 1, because Voyager was boosted by multiple gravity assists that make its speed faster than New Horizons will travel. Voyager 1 is escaping the solar system at 17 kilometers per second. When New Horizons reaches that same distance 32 years from now, propelled by a single planetary swingby, it will be moving about 13 kilometers per second.

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Re: New Horizons - Mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt

#24  Postby newolder » Dec 06, 2018 4:05 pm

The next event for this probe is a fly-by of Kuiper belt object MU69, or Ultima Thule, on 2019, January 1. A countdown clock and related info site is @ SeeUltimaThuleNow.com
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