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July 10 2015

The inside story of New Horizons’ ‘Apollo 13’ moment on its way to Pluto - The Washington Post

The people in the Mission Operations control center — “the MOC” — had been tracking NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft for nine and a half years as it journeyed the breadth of the solar system. It was just 10 days away from the dwarf planet Pluto when, at 1:55 p.m. on July 4, it vanished.[...]

No more data, no connection at all. As if the spacecraft had plunged into a black hole. Or hit an asteroid and disintegrated. [...]

Everyone canceled their July 4 plans. They weren’t going home tonight. This was a sleep-on-the-office-floor crisis.

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Reflections on Clyde Tombaugh (youtube)

Annette and Alden Tombaugh, the children of Clyde Tombaugh, remember their father and his discovery of Pluto.

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Pluto and Charon floating together in front of the deep dark.
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July 09 2015

A compact disc containing more than 430,000 names is now on the New Horizons spacecraft and on the way to Pluto and beyond! Totally forgot I signed up a decade ago (certificate edited for privacy). Check your name
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July 08 2015

NASA’s New Horizons: A “Heart” from Pluto as Flyby Begins

This image of Pluto from New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) was received on July 8, and has been combined with lower-resolution color information from the Ralph instrument.

After a more than nine-year, three-billion-mile journey to Pluto, it’s show time for NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, as the flyby sequence of science observations is officially underway.

In the early morning hours of July 8, mission scientists received this new view of Pluto—the most detailed yet returned by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) aboard New Horizons. The image was taken on July 7, when the spacecraft was just under 5 million miles (8 million kilometers) from Pluto, and is the first to be received since the July 4 anomaly that sent the spacecraft into safe mode.
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Stuff In Space

A realtime 3D map of objects in Earth orbit.

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July 07 2015

Pluto fly-by: a graphical guide to the historic mission : Nature News

New Horizons has quickly been recovered from going into safe mode after a computer overload, reconfigured for its flyby mission and just switched to encounter mode, designed to gather the crucial science data during closest approach as best as it can, i.e. it will not switch to safe mode again in case of non critical anomalies. 

Flyby has officially begun - good luck, everyone!
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June 28 2015

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