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Old 01-21-2019, 10:30 AM
Napier is offline
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Why no recent Ultima Thule images?

New Horizons should have been sending us data at full speed for the last approximately 11 days now, having reappeared from behind the sun in our view. We got a coarse pretty picture in the big rush after the flyby, and then a few things that appear to have been built out of earlier images such as rotating views. But no higher resolution image in the last 11 days. Why?

Yes, they are prioritizing image metadata, so they better understand what order to download the images they get. I read that late February should deliver us more good stuff.

But still, I'm surprised we didn't get one piece of eye candy early on.

Say, just one other little curiosity -- is there anything at all of interest for New Horizons to see about Ultima Thule in the days after flyby? It'd be backlit, and getting very small in the rear view mirror (so to speak), but there might be something they'd check for, such as light scattering from things orbiting around Ultima Thule. Just wondering.


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