Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Humanity Explores the Solar System
Posted on 04/30/2013 5:10:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: What spacecraft is humanity currently using to explore our Solar System? Presently, every inner planet has at least one robotic explorer, while several others are monitoring our Sun, some are mapping Earth's Moon, a few are chasing asteroids and comets, one is orbiting Saturn, and several are even heading out into deep space. The above illustration gives more details, with the inner Solar System depicted on the upper right and the outer Solar System on the lower left. Given the present armada, our current epoch might become known as the time when humanity first probed its own star system. Sometimes widely separated spacecraft act together as an InterPlanetary Network to determine the direction of distant explosions by noting when each probe detects high energy photons. Future spacecraft milestones, as indicated along the bottom of the graphic, include Dawn reaching Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt, and New Horizons reaching Pluto, both in 2015.
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B-B-But that map doesn’t show the “Muslim Outreach”!
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New Horizons real time telemetry.
New Horizons website.
Also the print is so small that I can not find “the Dragons be here”!
Here’s some links related to what should be our Muslim Outreach:
LOL. I remember those!
Gotta get me some o’ those!
I can’t wait to see the first photos from Pluto. They’re sure to provide new fertile ground for conspiracy theorists.
I don’t know about humanity but there is a scratch team of moslems heading for Uranus.
I am looking forward to the first “brute force” deep space probe intended for that purpose. It would initially be shuttled via chemical rockets to gravitational slingshots around planets, and then its would use an ion drive to really get it up to serious speed.
On the outside it would look like an armored ball, with an engine out the back, and the plates would separate as needed for sensitive instruments to adjust navigation, but otherwise be protected from space dust and larger particles.
Only when it was in deep space and out of harm’s way would it fully open up, possibly even using its armor for fuel.