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2015: Are you more excited for Dawn or New Horizons?


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Are you more excited for the Dawn probe arriving at Ceres or New Horizons arriving at Pluto and its moons?

I am personally anticipating Dawn, because I just can't get over that there is a dwarf planet in the asteroid belt. And because there is a greater chance of a manned exploration of Ceres in the future.



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To be honest I find it difficult to get excited about non human space travel. Probes going to the edges of the solar system don't really interest me. Bearing that in mind I think what I'm most looking forward to reading about is a manned mission to Mars. 

 

Still hoping Mars One will happen, but everyone thinks it's a bit far fetched. Who knows eh!



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New Horizons is more intriguing to me.

 

Edit: I saw that this topic was posted twice a moderator should close the redundant one.


Edited by MarcZ, 21 March 2013 - 04:01 AM.


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New Horizons is more intriguing to me.

 

Edit: I saw that this topic was posted twice a moderator should close the redundant one.

Yes. I'm not really sure how that happened  :laugh:



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I'm excited for both... can't decide. While I'd like to see what Pluto looks like other than a few blurry, pixelated images... the chances of us going to it in my lifetime for a manned mission is next to nothing. I have a pretty good chance of seeing these asteroids or dwarf planets mined within my lifetime so that gets me more excited than the New Horizons mission.



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Well i'd say i'm excited more about New Horizons.


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New Horizons. You should've done a poll.



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I find it hard to really get excited about it as well. While I am very interested in what they find, I just don't have a lot of motivation. Probes and stuff seem pretty common now. I really want to see us doing something lasting instead of just information gathering.



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New Horizons. You should've done a poll.

Yea, Captain Hindsight is kicking my ass right now  :biggrin:



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New Horizons. I've always liked Pluto more than Ceres, even though the latter has earlier colonization chance, simply because (correct me if I'm wrong) it's so cold that it should snow air. That's pretty cool.


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2015 will be the year of dwarf planets :)

And both attractions will start more or less in same time - Dawn should enter Ceres orbit in february, same month the New Horizons will begin observations of Pluto. But it won't be untill may when quality of it's images will exceed that of Hubble. Flyby will take place in mid july :)

 

I can't make up my mind between those two. But I guess there is more thrill involved in New Horizons. Dawn already is a great successs, giving us huge ammount of data on Vesta. It also moves slower. New Horizons on other hand is hurtling towards Pluto and it's unknown number of moons, it has quite limited time to get all the data, for all we know it may just crash into some icy body in Kuper Belt.


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I'm excited for both, I think the more information we can gather the better.  I want to live to see the day when the solar system (including the kuiper belt and even the oort cloud) is completely surveyed and mapped.


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I'm excited for both, I think the more information we can gather the better.  I want to live to see the day when the solar system (including the kuiper belt and even the oort cloud) is completely surveyed and mapped.

Agreed. I'm pretty excited about which KBO(s) it will visit after.



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Leaning with New Horizons. Cannot wait to get clearer pics of Pluto for once. :)


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I'm pretty excited about which KBO(s) it will visit after.

They'll probably go for Eris(Heaviest dwarf planet) or Sedna(Extremely elliptical orbit, up to 31x further from the sun than Neptune. Currently 'close'), or maybe both. Or maybe they'll just decide there's little worth exploring in the Kuiper Belt altogether (Who knows? New Horizons won't JUST go for Pluto, and it may find something we didn't know about) and focus on the asteroid belt.


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