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2012: the piano-sized ‘New Horizons’ probe of NASA nears Pluto (will it find ET there?)
India Daily ^ | Jan. 6, 2006

Posted on 01/10/2006 8:29:19 AM PST by presidio9

Something spectacular may happen in 2012. New Horizons, a NASA space craft with a probe will travel at 26,700mph over four billion miles to Pluto. It will be in close proximity of Pluto by 2012. New Horizons probe will travel faster than any previous spacecraft on its journey to the planet farthest from the Sun, its moon Charon and the mysterious, icy Kuiper Belt. Relatively little is known about the ninth planet Pluto. It is an unknown zone of the solar system.

Many scientists have started believing that Pluto will surprise all in the earth by 2012. There are fair possibilities of intelligent life forms there that is still undetected.

Alan Stern, the mission's principal investigator, said: "Exploring Pluto and the Kuiper Belt is like conducting an archaeological dig into the history of the outer Solar System, a place where we can peek into the ancient era of planetary formation.” Everything we know for sure about Pluto is on about three 3 x 5 file cards. We don''t even know what we don''t know. That leaves a lot of room for discovery."While Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars are called the rocky planets and Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are defined as gas giants, Pluto and its largest moon Charon are known as "ice dwarfs".

Some believe, Pluto has intelligent Type zero or Type 1 alien civilization. If that is true that be as advanced as we are or slightly more advanced. In that case they are about ready to send a probe to the earth. If they are slightly behind us, they will be capable to encounter ‘New Horizons’ probe with their own UFOs.

Pluto is very different from other planets. No one really knows what out there. It will be real interesting episode in space exploration unfolding with ‘New Horizons’ going close to Pluto by 2012 and reaching Pluto by 2015.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: curriedmoonbats; kbo; planetx; pluto; spaceexploration; xplanets

1 posted on 01/10/2006 8:29:21 AM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9
2012: the piano-sized ‘New Horizons’ probe of NASA nears Pluto

Man now has it within his capability to send large musical instruments to the outer planets. Eventually, we will be able to send, first, woodwind sections, then entire philharmonics to the stars.

2 posted on 01/10/2006 8:32:31 AM PST by atomicpossum (If I don't reply, don't think you're winning. I often just don't bother to argue.)
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To: KevinDavis

ping


3 posted on 01/10/2006 8:33:35 AM PST by presidio9 (Ask your moderator about my most recent suspensions)
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To: presidio9

May find Goofy there.


4 posted on 01/10/2006 8:33:58 AM PST by boomop1
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To: atomicpossum

I'm more worried about the harmonicas China is beginning to send to the moon. Have you ever listened to Chinese music? Lots of violins with broken strings.


5 posted on 01/10/2006 8:34:59 AM PST by presidio9 (Ask your moderator about my most recent suspensions)
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To: atomicpossum
Some believe, Pluto has intelligent Type zero or Type 1 alien civilization. If that is true that be as advanced as we are or slightly more advanced. In that case they are about ready to send a probe to the earth. If they are slightly behind us, they will be capable to encounter ‘New Horizons’ probe with their own UFOs.

Is this the Indian version of the National Enquirer?

We're far more likely to find an undiscovered technological civilization at Earth's south pole. And the chance of that happening is nil.

6 posted on 01/10/2006 8:35:32 AM PST by Riley ("What color is the boathouse at Hereford?")
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To: boomop1

In an effort to preserve their privacy, Goofy and Pluto have become enemies of all Earth rockets.

7 posted on 01/10/2006 8:36:46 AM PST by presidio9 (Ask your moderator about my most recent suspensions)
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To: boomop1
"May find Goofy there."

I've always wondered about those two...
8 posted on 01/10/2006 8:37:06 AM PST by LIConFem (A fronte praecipitium, a tergo lupi.)
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To: presidio9
New Horizons, a NASA space craft with a probe will travel at 26,700mph

Feh. That's not even Warp 1.

9 posted on 01/10/2006 8:40:44 AM PST by LdSentinal
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To: LIConFem
I've always wondered about those two...

Goofy: Dog, walks on two feet, wears clothes, plays golf.
Pluto: Dog, walks on four feet, no clothes, chases cars.

10 posted on 01/10/2006 8:41:31 AM PST by 50sDad (It's not "diversity" for you to steal my Christmas.)
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To: presidio9

"Some believe, Pluto has intelligent Type zero or Type 1 alien civilization"

Democrats?

Pluto must be very, very, cold. How cold is it? I don't know. How cold could Pluto be? Can it be colder than absolute zero? Freepers, englighten me please. Thank you.


11 posted on 01/10/2006 8:43:59 AM PST by garyhope (Happy, healthy, prosperous New Year to all good Freepers and our brave military.)
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To: presidio9
Have you ever listened to Chinese music? Lots of violins with broken strings.

Try Chinese opera some time.

12 posted on 01/10/2006 8:44:49 AM PST by atomicpossum (If I don't reply, don't think you're winning. I often just don't bother to argue.)
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To: presidio9

Sounds like Apu has been hitting the Squishee syrup again.


13 posted on 01/10/2006 8:46:07 AM PST by Redcloak ("If you can't say something nice about someone, then you must be talking about Hillary Clinton.")
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To: LdSentinal; Las Vegas Dave; Quix; JRandomFreeper; ABG(anybody but Gore); ExcursionGuy84; ...

If I knew who ran the ST ping list, I'd uncloak this baby and start popping some popcorn.


14 posted on 01/10/2006 8:47:18 AM PST by presidio9 (Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes.)
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To: presidio9
Piano sized? Doesn't seem that impressive to me.


15 posted on 01/10/2006 8:48:24 AM PST by Lekker 1 ("Computers in the future may have only 1000 vacuum tubes..." - Popular Mechanics, March 1949)
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To: atomicpossum

Kepler believed in the music of the spheres. What would he think of NASA sending a piano to Pluto? On the other hand, he probably would be gratified that a planet not discovered until 300 years after his death nevertheless faithfully obeys his laws of planetary motion.


16 posted on 01/10/2006 8:48:57 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: garyhope

> Can it be colder than absolute zero?

No. There is no such thing as "colder than absolute zero," any more than there's anything slower than "motionless." And for much the same reason.

Pluto is cold, but nowhere near abzero. Around 40K, likely. Abzero is, unlike "motionless," essentially impossible to obtain.


17 posted on 01/10/2006 8:54:37 AM PST by orionblamblam (A furore Normannorum libra nos, Domine)
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To: presidio9
Pluto is very different from other planets. No one really knows what out there.

Uh...then how do we know its very different? Out of curiosity.

18 posted on 01/10/2006 8:56:28 AM PST by smith288 (The older I get, the dumber I become as im wise enough to acknowledge how much more there is to know)
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To: Lekker 1

Reminds me of the joke about the guy who walks into a bar with a miniature piano and a 12-inch pianist. Oh wait, can't tell THAT one here...


19 posted on 01/10/2006 8:59:14 AM PST by presidio9 (Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes.)
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To: presidio9
There are fair possibilities of intelligent life forms there that is still undetected.

This is a joke, right? Pluto is about 20 degrees above absolute zero. EVERYTHING on Pluto is frozen solid, including all gases.

20 posted on 01/10/2006 9:04:56 AM PST by pabianice
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To: smith288
One reason is that it's orbit is highly eccentric, and its plane is inclined quite sharply with the ecliptic. This suggests an origin perhaps different than that of the other eight major planets.
21 posted on 01/10/2006 9:04:56 AM PST by chimera
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To: atomicpossum
Eventually, we will be able to send, first, woodwind sections, then entire philharmonics to the stars.

They can start with this one. Pluto needs Disco.

22 posted on 01/10/2006 9:22:20 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: presidio9
Reminds me of the joke about the guy who walks into a bar with a miniature piano and a 12-inch pianist

It's okay, I know the joke...but when I heard it, it was a 10" pianist. Jokes always get better with time, I guess.

23 posted on 01/10/2006 9:45:18 AM PST by Lekker 1 ("Computers in the future may have only 1000 vacuum tubes..." - Popular Mechanics, March 1949)
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To: chimera

Wait: Jupiter and Mercury have similiar origins?


24 posted on 01/10/2006 9:50:53 AM PST by presidio9 (Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes.)
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To: presidio9
Similar in that they may be of the same solar "family". One have theorized an extrasolar origin for Pluto because of it's unusual orbit. Maybe it is a Kuiper Belt object that got pulled or perturbed into a closer orbit, or maybe something from "outside" the solar system that was wandering by and got captured.

Lots of interesting ideas out there about the Pluto-Charon pair that differ from the models proposed for planetary formation of the closer-in guys.

25 posted on 01/10/2006 9:56:48 AM PST by chimera
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To: Lekker 1

he was having a really exciting day?


26 posted on 01/10/2006 10:05:47 AM PST by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: John O

Nah, he was probably wearing Kim Jong Il platform shoes


27 posted on 01/10/2006 10:08:01 AM PST by Lekker 1 ("Computers in the future may have only 1000 vacuum tubes..." - Popular Mechanics, March 1949)
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To: John O; Lekker 1; atomicpossum

There is also a joke in here somewhere about organs in space.


28 posted on 01/10/2006 10:09:37 AM PST by presidio9 (Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes.)
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To: pabianice
This is a joke, right? Pluto is about 20 degrees above absolute zero. EVERYTHING on Pluto is frozen solid, including all gases.

Not *quite* correct -- one of the reasons for the immediacy of the launch is to arrive at Pluto before its tenuous atmosphere freezes. We know there is an atmosphere, and we *think* it will still be there until 2020, but the sooner we arrive the better.

Otherwise, yeah, the article is a joke. There is no life on Pluto...

29 posted on 01/14/2006 9:16:51 PM PST by MikeD (We live in a world where babies are like velveteen rabbits that only become real if they are loved.)
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