Space rock

in space •  20 days ago

NASA is hoping that their New Horizons probe has captured images and data about a small object billions of kilometres from Earth today. This is the probe that did a fly-by of Pluto a few years ago. Ultima Thule is just a few miles across, but could tell us more about how our solar system formed. It will take some time to get images as the data rate is about the same as an early modem. Not surprising when you consider the distance and limited power it has to transmit with.

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I just read that the event has been marked with a new song by guitarist and astrophysicist Brian May.

My ears detect a little of the Doctor Who theme and some Chuck Berry riffs. Chuck's Johnny B. Goode was one of the sounds included on a record mounted on the Voyager probe in the 1970s.

It's an exciting way to start this new year. Humans have issues at home, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't keep exploring and learning. We need some perspective on how insignificant we actually are.

Rock on and on and on.

I'm Steve, the geeky guitarist.
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It's amazing really that these probes can travel so far and still be able to send data back to earth, even after years of active service.

That's a fine tribute by Brian May, I agree with you on the Doctor Who links.

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You have to admire the engineering. The Voyager probes are still working after 40 years!

Well spotted! Always happy to hear a new Brian May solo!

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I didn't know May was an astrophysicist, on top of bing the world-widely known singer he is, and that he was collaborating on the New Horizon program.

I am glad to have found your post which allowed me to learn something :)


He took a long break from science for his music career, but finally got his PhD 10 years ago. I've always loved his guitar playing. He's so unique


I fully agree :)

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Science is making headway every day with all the abilities for gathering info.
Music is a great way to acknowledge accomplishments too

I read somewhere the Mars probe is going underground on the planet for the first time. @steevc


I think it's the Insight probe that will measure temperatures below the Martian surface. Then there's a Chinese probe that reaches the other side of the moon this week lots going on

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