Mission to Pluto: where are the pictures?


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cottersay

I've waited over 50 years in the hopes of one day being able to see Pluto's surface, but it has been over four days after Closest Approach, and so far the released LORRI images have been uber sparse, and with nothing closer that 50,000 milers away (a single image).   Am I missing something here?  Where are the photos? (And yes, I've been to NASA.Gov!)

I realize the limiting issues in getting the LORRI pictures to us, such as the speed of light (4.5 Hours), restrictions in New Horizon's access to the Deep Space Network (8 hours/day), slow data rates (1Kb/s), and the time needed for digital image correction, but why have we not seen Pluto pics from Closest Approach (8000 miles) yet?  

 

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Astra.Xtreme

NASA said that it will take 16 months (yes, months) to receive all the data from the approach, so be patient.

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coth

1 kbit/s (just slight over 100 bytes/s) with over 6 gigabytes of data.

6 250 000 000 / 128 = 49 mln seconds = 817 thous minutes = 13,6 thous hours = ~560 days = ~1,5 years to transmit all data

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FloatingFatMan

Thunderf00t explains some Plutofacts for the average Joe.

 

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