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Last two days to send your photo in to the New Horizons Digital Time Capsule!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/10/30 11:31 CST

Time's almost up to submit a photo to the New Horizons Digital Time Capsule!

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More time, and a great prize, for the New Horizons Digital Time Capsule

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/07/12 06:01 CDT

We just issued a press release announcing that the deadline has been extended to enter photos into the New Horizons Digital Time Capsule.

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New Horizons tracks an asteroid

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/06/15 03:06 CDT

New Horizons is spending the summer traversing the asteroid belt. I haven't written a lot about New Horizons lately because the mission has been going so uneventfully well. But now I've got something to write about: data!!

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New Horizons passes farther from the Sun than Mars today!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/04/06 02:02 CDT

Today is the day that New Horizons passes Mars' orbit (not that Mars is anywhere close to New Horizons right now).

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Where is New Horizons now?

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/01/30 10:59 CST

It's in space, of course, and has a very, very long way to go to Pluto (nearly 50 billion kilometers). But it's finally more than 1 Astronomical Unit from the Sun.

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New Horizons update

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/01/23 08:29 CST

I received a lot of email over the weekend about New Horizons. Many of them were expressing concern about how little news there has been since launch. Have no fear.

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After the launch

Posted by John Spencer on 2006/01/19 07:11 CST

We just got back from the real post-launch party, following two non-post-launch parties on the last two evenings. This was more like it.

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New Horizons post-launch press conference

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/01/19 12:01 CST

I am updating this as I take notes from the press conference.

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OK, back to New Horizons!

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/01/19 07:55 CST

So the Stardust press conference is still going on on NASA TV, but I am now turning to the Internet to monitor the status of New Horizons' third attempted launch day.

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How New Horizons' launch date affects its arrival date

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/01/18 03:28 CST

I was looking at that table of launch times for New Horizons and realized that the table included another valuable column of data that I hadn't noticed before: it tells you what year New Horizons will arrive, for each of the possible launch dates.

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Philosophical after the first day's launch attempt

Posted by John Spencer on 2006/01/17 06:01 CST

Oh well, the Sun sets on an earthbound New Horizons at least one more time. The first day's launch attempt was a strange experience in retrospect.

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New Horizons launch scrubbed for today.

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/01/17 11:28 CST

Well, it was a nail-biting morning and too bad that New Horizons didn't go but these things happen pretty frequently.

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Now launch is scheduled for the last possible time, 20:23 UTC

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/01/17 10:59 CST

OK, here's the final timeline for today.

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Now launch is scheduled at 20:05 UTC

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/01/17 10:44 CST

That leaves less than 20 minutes in the window I think. It's not looking good for today but it could still happen.

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New launch time: 19:50 UTC

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/01/17 10:29 CST

This time it's a problem within the Deep Space Network. They can't get out of the hold as scheduled, so launch has been delayed again.

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Launch time is changing again to 19:10 UTC

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/01/17 09:40 CST

The winds are still questionable. Here is a new launch timeline.

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Still T minus 4 and holding...

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/01/17 09:23 CST

Good news and bad news for the launch of New Horizons today.

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Launch time is changing; still T minus 4 and holding

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/01/17 09:16 CST

The launch time has been changed to 13:45 eastern time because of the LOX valve and the winds. Here's a new timeline based on that launch time.

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T minus 4 minutes and holding

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/01/17 09:10 CST

It's a built-in 10-minute hold. All of the fill sequences are complete, someone just reported.

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T minus 21 minutes...

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2006/01/17 08:53 CST

They seemed to be discussing some kind of anomaly with one of the pre-launch tests on the launch vehicle, but I didn't catch exactly what it was; something was "not exactly as planned."

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