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    I hope you won't be too terribly disappointed if Pluto and it's moon just turn out to be a couple of big chunks of icey rock with not much going on. But you never know til you get there. Do you?
    I'm excited about what they'll learn about the moon system. Seems the orbits are pretty chaotic and non-traditional. Hubble recently discovered a 4th moon named P4 that orbits between Pluto and Charon, and they're not quite sure how it doesn't bounced around (or maybe it will). Just read that the info can be used to learn for about exosolar systems with unusual orbits.

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    Default Re: What's your favorite Spaceprobe?

    Mine are the two Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity. I vividly remember watching the landing and deployment live and seeing the first images relayed in "real-time" (20 minute delay of course). And to think Oppy is still going strong so many years later. NASA/JPL got their moneys worth out of those little robots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Modlerbob View Post
    I hope you won't be too terribly disappointed if Pluto and it's moon just turn out to be a couple of big chunks of icey rock with not much going on. But you never know til you get there. Do you?
    A valid point, but it's not so much the actual composition and physical appearance that intrigues me, it's the excitement of really seeing it for the first time. We all know Pluto exists way out there, poking along in it's orbit. But putting a face with a name, well for me anyway, will make it seem all the more real.

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    As Keith mentions, there's MANY probes to admire, and all have done a remarkable job at just about everything! However, as much as I loved the Cassini program, I'm really looking forward to seeing Pluto (New Horizons Mission).

    And I'm excited because, we've now photographed a 4th moon (Charon, Nix, Hydra, and newest moon designated "P4"), that's pretty cool! Now, in a few short years, we'll finally get to see that little Planet floating way out there in the far reaches of our very own Solar System! It's a pretty awesome thing! And something I'm looking forward to. Sure, I know it might be a small nothing of a planet, with some tiny little moons....but, (to me) it's hugely fascinating!!!

    After all, it's the only planet in our own solar system that has never been seen "up close" & "personal". This is VERY COOL!

    My other favorite probe was the N.E.A.R. Shoemaker Probe "Eros" mission. That was pretty cool!! Landing a little probe (at 4 mph) right on the surface of an asteroid....Yeah....that's WAY COOL!!!
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    It's definitely hard to beat the Voyagers, soon to be the first man-made objects to reach interstellar space. But the beautiful pictures taken by Cassini are hard to beat. For me, its a toss-up between these two.
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    Venera mission to Venus,i was only 13 years old and i remember seeing the pictures in a magazine and it just blew my mind, the probe lasted about an hour or so, but long enough to send back a few pictures.The last time i felt like that was with the mars rovers.
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    Venera mission to Venus,i was only 13 years old and i remember seeing the pictures in a magazine and it just blew my mind, the probe lasted about an hour or so, but long enough to send back a few pictures.The last time i felt like that was with the mars rovers.
    Funny, I think the first Venera landing probes only lasted something like 20 minutes, and the last couple lasted around 2hrs....I'm actually surprised they lasted that long!
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    Viking 1. Still remember watching it on a B&W tube TV with the old rabbit ears and UHF loop antenna. I believe it was the first landing on a non lunar body?
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    I would really like to see a new probe sent to Venus, one designed to hold up under the heat and pressure for more than an hour or so. I'd also like to see a rover sent to Titan. Technology has jumped leaps and bounds over the last 30 years, I think we are more than capable of sending high tech explorers to hostile worlds. If only we had the funding.

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    Unfortunately, I fear some of those controlling the purse strings for further exploration of the solar system, are the same ones who think we are nuts to leave a warm home in the middle of a cold winter's night just to get a look at the Great Nebula in Orion! If we want money for exploration we have to demonstrate to them how it benefits THEM directly, i.e., they have to get money (or something equally valuable to them) or it's no go.

    Sorry to seem so cynical. I'm thrilled to death at the technological achievements in solar system exploration so far, I just fear during MY life time (I'm 67), there may not be much more. I pray I'm wrong

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