Ep. 119: New Horizons: A look at that thing that visited Pluto (And more)
21/01/2019 by IVM Podcasts
In 2006, NASA sent a space probe with the ambitious idea of photographing Pluto. Not just did it do that, it also crossed something called Ultima Thule, the furthest body ever visited by something man-made. This is a spectacular feat of engineering (almost as good as the IVM folks managing to make this podcast sound decent after all our rambling).
So why space exploration? Why Pluto? What next? Can Chuck make a pun on ‘Alpha Centauri’? For the answers for all these, join in as the Simblified lads take a look at this awesome little space probe.
Start Date: 2019-03-18
Finish Date: 2019-03-19
- I hadn’t realised that NASA had named a planetoid Ultima Thule. Cool.
- I had vaguely remembered that Brian May had done an astronomy song; but hadn’t known that it was so closely connected with New Horizons. Also cool.
- This came very shortly after the Infinite Monkey Cage episode on how space exploration is kind of overstated in its benefits, so I was chuckling slightly while Chuck listed out all the spinoff benefits of space exploration. So it goes.
- I must also have missed the detail, back when the flyby happened, that the heart on Pluto is a methane or nitrogen glacier.