Video: Views of Pluto From New Horizons’ Approach

The planetoid with a heart
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We don’t have images from the New Horizons fly-by of Pluto yet, but here’s a NASA video showing a series of photographs taken by the spacecraft in the final week of its approach, after a 3-billion mile journey to the outer reaches of the Solar System, ending with an amazing view of the heart-shaped area in its lower hemisphere.

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1
Kragar  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:00:35am

Its all fun and games now, but when the Mi-Go finally notice the probe, we’re screwed.

2
Iwouldprefernotto  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:03:15am

SCIENCE!

3
Targetpractice  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:03:59am

re: #1 Kragar

Its all fun and games now, but when the Mi-Go finally notice the probe, we’re screwed.

I’m more worried that the Reapers are gonna come through the mass relay and wipe us out.

4
Higgs Boson's Mate  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:04:45am

As long as it doesn’t send back any photos of a new galactic bypass it’s all good.

5
Charles Johnson  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:05:28am
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wrenchwench  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:06:35am

Amazing we are out there.

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Mattand  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:09:05am

I keep seeing these pictures of Pluto and I instinctively think of the Futurama episode where they actually go there, and it’s a penguin preserve.

I’m sorry, Science.

Seriously, though, it’s been nothing short of miraculous, looking at these photos. In roughly 80 years, we’ve gone from first discovering a dwarf planet 4 billion miles away, to having a probe take amazing hi res photos of it.

The comparison of the Hubble photos from 1993 (fuzzy yellow dot) to the new ones still blows me away.

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teleskiguy  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:09:22am

I know that most here think Richard Dawkins is a crank (I do) but this is a great tweet by him.

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Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:09:42am

re: #6 wrenchwench

Amazing we are out there.

Human hand more primitive than chimp’s, study says

Human hands will soon start devolving to where we only need one finger to operate a touch pad.

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#FergusonFireside  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:09:48am

POTUS just slammed Major Garrett.

HA

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Higgs Boson's Mate  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:10:32am

re: #6 wrenchwench

Human hand more primitive than chimp’s, study says

Ha! That totally disproves evolution so God wins! Neener, neener, neener!

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Kragar  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:11:02am
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lawhawk  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:11:05am

Watched a NatGeo program about the New Horizons mission yesterday, and what they were able to do with such a small satellite and small launch window was incredible. But it also required significant tradeoffs - to get it there, they had to whittle down the size, and then needed a power source that would last without frying the components or otherwise mar the sensors.

It will run its sensors during the approach, meaning it takes the antenna off the earth, and then spins around to return data via that antenna. It was also using the antenna as a shield against any potential debris in the vicinity.

Pretty incredible stuff - as is the fact that the data transmission is paltry, which is a result of distances involved. Phil Plait relayed that it would take months to get all the data back from New Horizons (as it continues motoring away from earth at 31,000+ mph).

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wrenchwench  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:11:46am

re: #11 Higgs Boson’s Mate

Ha! That totally disproves evolution so God wins! Neener, neener, neener!

Disprove human supremacy so God loses! Neener, etc.

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The Vicious Babushka  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:12:08am

Cubicle-dweller here, what did Major Garret say that got him bitch slapped?

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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:12:24am

re: #10 #FergusonFireside

POTUS just slammed Major Garrett.

HA

What was this about?

17
The Vicious Babushka  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:13:44am

HURR HURR YOUR AN IDIOT!!!!!

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lawhawk  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:13:47am

re: #15 The Vicious Babushka

Cubicle-dweller here, what did Major Garret say that got him bitch slapped?

He was Major Garret being Major Garret? /

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blueraven  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:14:03am

re: #16 Fourth Football of the Apocalypse

What was this about?

Garrett prefaced his question as Obama being “content” to leave 4 prisoners in Iran.

Obama was pissed.

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Bubblehead II  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:14:38am

re: #13 lawhawk

Watched a NatGeo program about the New Horizons mission yesterday, and what they were able to do with such a small satellite and small launch window was incredible. But it also required significant tradeoffs - to get it there, they had to whittle down the size, and then needed a power source that would last without frying the components or otherwise mar the sensors.

It will run its sensors during the approach, meaning it takes the antenna off the earth, and then spins around to return data via that antenna. It was also using the antenna as a shield against any potential debris in the vicinity.

Pretty incredible stuff - as is the fact that the data transmission is paltry, which is a result of distances involved. Phil Plait relayed that it would take months to get all the data back from New Horizons (as it continues motoring away from earth at 31,000+ mph).

That power source was made right here in Idaho.

Idaho National Laboratory researchers are eager to see results, too. They played a key role in this first-of-its-kind space mission, building and testing a 202-watt power source that steadily kept New Horizons’ instruments and communications systems up and running for nearly a decade.

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Jenner7  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:14:42am

Wow. Barack. Hussein. Obama. Our President. Just bitch slapped Garret.

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De Kolta Chair  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:15:21am

At the press conference: a sharp riposte from the president to CBS & the National Journal’s reporter Major Garrett’s claim that the president has abandoned Americans jailed in Iran.

Followed by a question (didn’t catch the reporter’s name) about revoking Bill Cosby’s Medal of Freedom. Yeesh.

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steve_davis  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:15:25am

re: #9 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

Human hands will soon start devolving to where we only need one finger to operate a touch pad.

I mostly only use my middle finger now!

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Jenner7  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:15:47am
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Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:15:57am

re: #19 blueraven

Garrett prefaced his question as Obama being “content” to leave 4 prisoners in Iran.

Obama was pissed.

What was Obama’s response?

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lawhawk  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:16:19am

Celebrating deal on nuclear weapons with Iran while Iran is holding four Americans hostage.

If you start adding the hostages to the deal, you would require additional concessions on the part of the rest of the world - which would weaken the terms that the right wing already thinks is a giveaway.

There was nothing to be gained by adding the hostages to the terms of the nuke deal. There was much to be lost by doing so - so it wasn’t considered.

It was an attempt at gotcha journalism, but shows just how much these nitwits don’t get events they’re reporting on.

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The Vicious Babushka  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:16:20am
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Lidane  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:16:32am

re: #2 Iwouldprefernotto

SCIENCE!

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:16:50am

re: #19 blueraven

Garrett prefaced his question as Obama being “content” to leave 4 prisoners in Iran.

Obama was pissed.

it’s fundamental to rat wing rhetoric to put opinions and feelings into other people’s mouths

by the way - why do you hate your mother?

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The Vicious Babushka  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:17:44am

re: #26 lawhawk

Celebrating deal on nuclear weapons with Iran while Iran is holding four Americans hostage.

If you start adding the hostages to the deal, you would require additional concessions on the part of the rest of the world - which would weaken the terms that the right wing already thinks is a giveaway.

There was nothing to be gained by adding the hostages to the terms of the nuke deal. There was much to be lost by doing so - so it wasn’t considered.

It was an attempt at gotcha journalism, but shows just how much these nitwits don’t get events they’re reporting on.

Are they hostages being held for ransom (like the U.S. embassy personnel in 1979) or people who violated Iranian law?

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:17:58am

Who names a kid “Major” anyway?

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Lidane  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:18:10am

Fun with Twitter:

And it’s still up since I pulled the link, too.

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Timothy Watson  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:18:40am

re: #26 lawhawk

Celebrating deal on nuclear weapons with Iran while Iran is holding four Americans hostage.

If you start adding the hostages to the deal, you would require additional concessions on the part of the rest of the world - which would weaken the terms that the right wing already thinks is a giveaway.

There was nothing to be gained by adding the hostages to the terms of the nuke deal. There was much to be lost by doing so - so it wasn’t considered.

It was an attempt at gotcha journalism, but shows just how much these nitwits don’t get events they’re reporting on.

These are the same nitwits who demanded that Obama add Iran recognizing Israel, and not just recognizing Israel, but recognizing it as a Jewish state, to the deal.

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The Vicious Babushka  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:18:43am

Ben has issues.

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lawhawk  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:19:05am

Hoft doesn’t seem to realize that not every nuclear reactor can produce nuclear weapons materials. Very specific types can.

Nuclear materials in a civilian nuclear reactor are not sufficient for making nuclear weapons. LEU versus HEU and all that (or plutonium for that matter).

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Franklin  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:19:17am

re: #8 teleskiguy

Pluto is 3 billion miles away from earth? The sun is 93 million miles from earth? The sun is a star?

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Tigger2  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:19:49am

The response I would like to hear from Obama to Major Garrett is ‘STFU Fool”

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Eclectic Cyborg  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:20:27am

Obama’s actual response was “That’s nonsense and you should know better.”

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lawhawk  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:20:43am

re: #33 Timothy Watson

Israel, which isn’t even part or party to the deal, because doing so would make Israel’s life very uncomfortable re: its own nuclear program.

Bibi is pissed because he loses a bogeyman.

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#FergusonFireside  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:21:35am

Obama is on FIRE.

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Jenner7  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:22:06am

re: #38 Eclectic Cyborg

If you watch, he is visibly upset and still kept his cool. Impressive.

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dog philosopher ஐஒஔ௸  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:23:20am

re: #31 Eclectic Cyborg

Who names a kid “Major” anyway?

his godfather was major major major

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teleskiguy  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:23:25am

re: #36 Franklin

Pluto is 3 billion miles away from earth? The sun is 93 million miles from earth? The sun is a star?

Ah! Hah! I see what you did there.

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lawhawk  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:24:11am

re: #30 The Vicious Babushka

The four are Robert Levinson , Amir Hekmati, Saeed Abedini, and Washington Post Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian:

Robert Levinson disappeared from Iran’s Kish Island in 2007. In 2013 it was revealed he had been working at the time with a rogue CIA operation. Though the Iranian government has denied holding Levinson and has promised to help find him, U.S. officials previously told ABC News they suspect some Iranian officials at least know where he is.

Three other Americans - a pastor, a former Marine and a prominent journalist - are currently being held in Iranian prisons on what their families and U.S. officials say are dubious charges.

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De Kolta Chair  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:24:22am

re: #25 Fourth Football of the Apocalypse

What was Obama’s response?

A bit of it from the Daily Beast:

CBS News’s Major Garrett asked President Obama at a press conference Wednesday if he was “content” with four Americans held in Iranian jails while his administration celebrated the nuclear deal. “That’s nonsense and you should know better,” Obama bit back.

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Charles Johnson  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:24:52am
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blueraven  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:26:23am

re: #25 Fourth Football of the Apocalypse

What was Obama’s response?

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#FergusonFireside  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:26:50am

going up

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:29:15am

Your Jade Helm derp of the day. Hilarious.

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De Kolta Chair  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:34:30am

SATAN AT WORK — Obummer didn’t end his press conference by saying God Bless America!!!1!!

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De Kolta Chair  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:38:51am

re: #49 Eric The Fruit Bat

Your Jade Helm derp of the day. Hilarious.

I hope he posts a sequel explaining how he managed to not be arrested or worse for getting so close to the black tarp, cardboard, chain link and Knights Templar truck before he’s arrested or worse.

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BeachDem  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:39:06am

re: #49 Eric The Fruit Bat

Your Jade Helm derp of the day. Hilarious.

[Embedded content]

Ninjas that could take our guns!!!! Oh noes.

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De Kolta Chair  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:41:49am

re: #52 BeachDem

Ninjas that could take our guns!!!! Oh noes.

The woman in the passenger seat appears to be having a very hard time stifling her laughter.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:44:51am
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sagehen  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:45:40am

re: #31 Eclectic Cyborg

Who names a kid “Major” anyway?

A Catch-22 fan.

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No Country For Old Haters  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:52:49am

re: #34 The Vicious Babushka

Ben has issues.

[Embedded content]

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Bird in the Paw  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:56:46am

re: #53 De Kolta Chair

The woman in the passenger seat appears to be having a hard time stifling her laughter.

So, this has to be a mockery of the loonballs, right? That would explain the woman and the the ninja comment. Please tell me he was mocking morons.

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Eventual Carrion  Jul 15, 2015 • 11:57:26am

re: #34 The Vicious Babushka

Ben has issues.

[Embedded content]

PBO should have just called the reporter a major league asshole and been done with it.

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BeachDem  Jul 15, 2015 • 12:02:48pm

re: #57 Bird in the Paw

So, this has to be a mockery of the loonballs, right? That would explain the woman and the the ninja comment. Please tell me he was mocking morons.

I’ve watched it twice and can’t tell for sure. If so, the man has a future in Hollywood!!

(and why were there no other cars in the parking lot?)

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steve_davis  Jul 15, 2015 • 1:42:30pm

anybody here got any suction with NASA? I vote that the mountains be named the Mountains of Madness, and that the Plains of Leng need to be christened somewhere.


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