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Tomasz Grysztar
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I just can't wait to see what images and knowledge the New Horizons mission will bring us.
Post 21 Jul 2011, 09:06
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Oh, and while we are at it, there is a spacecraft in orbit around Vesta right now, for the first time in history: First Ever Vesta Vistas from Orbit. For me it feels like adventure - looking at photos of objects visited for the first time.
Post 21 Jul 2011, 09:18
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Yeah, I also follow these spacey things. I was very surprised to see that Hubble could see such a small moon.

Another interesting thing is that, if everything goes to plan, Dawn will be the first spacecraft to have orbited two solar system bodies.
Post 21 Jul 2011, 09:25
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Fantastic.
It looks like the total number of moons in our solar system is really uknown yet. But, how we define a "moon"?
Post 21 Jul 2011, 12:31
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Picnic wrote:
But, how we define a "moon"?
Here is a good place to start.

BTW: "Planet" has a somewhat controversial definition.
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what is what Smile

i hope they got luck to discover something really BIG in our lifetime!!!!

http://www.space.com/8028-sun-nemesis-pelted-earth-comets-study-suggests.html

Nemesis, am waiting for you Smile
Post 21 Jul 2011, 13:02
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Awesome stuff!
I follow space discoveries every day - SPACE.COM.
Post 21 Jul 2011, 14:38
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pluto is not so far. the end of heliosphere is near, and the instrument can be damaged by cosmic rays. and even if cosmic rays don't destroy the telescope, the objects in the oort cloud will hit it, and after, there is a very deep space without nothing before the next thing that will be discovered, maybe something like a white hole, impossible to observe for the same reasons as black holes.
maybe the goaoulds will capture the instrument, or darth vador, or some space-frogs....

i'd like to be the first "space geek", launched in the solar system for a period of 45 days, at a speed of 300 000 km/h, fly around jupiter, saturn, neptun, and return to home. yeahhhh!!!!
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> BTW: "Planet" has a somewhat controversial definition.

Pluto used to be one for some decades but it isn't anymore Sad
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I thought is not important enough for a whole new thread, and it is kind of related to this topic, so here it is.

We have a Trojan of our very own. 2010 TK7.
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revolution wrote:
I thought is not important enough for a whole new thread, and it is kind of related to this topic, so here it is.

We have a Trojan of our very own. 2010 TK7.


Why so late? As I understood a trojan asteroid share the orbit of a planet, in this case the earth :S
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Enko wrote:
Why so late?
Late? The asteroid was discovered in 2010. The orbit was confirmed just a few days ago as a Trojan. There are probably more of them out there just waiting to be confirmed as Trojans. They are hard to see because of the position close to the Sun, so don't expect there to be a sudden flurry of announcements, these things take time. Wink
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It must sound dumb my idea, but:

what if someone put a "camera/telescope" in the orbit of the Earch but stationary. So its stays in the same place 365 days. This way, this camera could take pictures of everything that use the earth orbit in that place.
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IMO, nasa doing all of these things to make people believe:
"WE ARE DOING SOMETHING."
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It's a bit confusing that NASA observes other galaxies through hubble telescope and only now discovered another moon of Pluto - relatively close to Earth planet...

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