Me! I was listening to an interview and the fact they were able to even come this close to Ultima Thule was pretty amazing. Glad someone was good at math. Looking forward to seeing more data and pictures soon.Who else is extremely excited/interested in Ultima Thule and the New Horizons fly by?
The new images of the double lobes are immensely fascinating.
A giant test fuel tank for NASA’s Space Launch System has been tied up beside the Tennessee River this week waiting to be unloaded, but don’t blame the government shutdown. This one’s on the river.
“The river level’s too high,” NASA contractor Marc Verhage said Friday. Verhage is a former NASA employee who is now a senior vice president with the aerospace engineering company TriVector Services, Inc. The company is handling the tank’s move to a test stand at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
The Tennessee River is swollen from heavy rains across the South in recent weeks, and crews can’t unload the tank until the water drops where the tank will leave its transport barge. “There’s security and the tug (team) manning it,” Verhage said of the interim.
A bit more information from Bloomberg. 577 employees mostly at their HQ in Hawthorne, CA. They were notified after the Iridium 8 launch and employees were sent home early and told to watch their personal e-mail.As expected, SpaceX has moved their target launch of the crew dragon demo back to February. I also saw where they were laying off 10% of their employees.
Incredible that we sent a satellite 4 billion miles through space at 37,000 miles per hour, and met up with this moving object ... after 13 years ... and in a narrow window, observed, analyzed and photographed it as intended. I can't imagine the mathematics...