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Re: LIVE: New Horizons Pluto FlyBy - July 14, 2015
« Reply #160 on: 07/14/2015 12:55 PM »
Very informational pers conference, have to watch it again to get it all :)
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Re: LIVE: New Horizons Pluto FlyBy - July 14, 2015
« Reply #161 on: 07/14/2015 12:59 PM »

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Re: LIVE: New Horizons Pluto FlyBy - July 14, 2015
« Reply #162 on: 07/14/2015 01:06 PM »
Quote from: elakdawalla
Bowman: We were 72 seconds early. Stern: Our nav predicts came out to 70 km closer to Pluto than aimpoint. Well within spec.
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Re: LIVE: New Horizons Pluto FlyBy - July 14, 2015
« Reply #164 on: 07/14/2015 01:34 PM »
:))
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Re: LIVE: New Horizons Pluto FlyBy - July 14, 2015
« Reply #165 on: 07/14/2015 01:50 PM »
Plus 2 hours.
Edit - sorry, plus 1 hour 59 minutes, 60.0 seconds.  Hm.
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Re: LIVE: New Horizons Pluto FlyBy - July 14, 2015
« Reply #166 on: 07/14/2015 01:58 PM »
Planned high-res images ( http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/Mission/The-Flyby.php ):

Pluto:

N. of images, Resolution (km/pixel)
15   0.410
23   0.280
70   0.150
130   0.120
60   0.076


Charon:

N. of images, resolution
6   0.71
12   0.44
67   0.17

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Re: LIVE: New Horizons Pluto FlyBy - July 14, 2015
« Reply #167 on: 07/14/2015 02:22 PM »
Better than 1 km/pixel images

Pluto (LORRI)

July 14 04:13:51 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Pluto with LORRI from 179248.28 km away at est. resolution 0.89 km/pix.
July 14 04:14:39 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Pluto with LORRI from 178588.97 km away at est. resolution 0.89 km/pix.
July 14 04:15:27 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Pluto with LORRI from 177929.68 km away at est. resolution 0.88 km/pix.
July 14 04:16:15 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Pluto with LORRI from 177270.40 km away at est. resolution 0.88 km/pix.
July 14 04:17:03 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Pluto with LORRI from 176611.14 km away at est. resolution 0.88 km/pix.
July 14 04:17:51 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Pluto with LORRI from 175951.89 km away at est. resolution 0.87 km/pix.
July 14 04:18:39 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Pluto with LORRI from 175292.66 km away at est. resolution 0.87 km/pix.
July 14 04:19:27 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Pluto with LORRI from 174633.44 km away at est. resolution 0.87 km/pix.
July 14 04:20:15 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Pluto with LORRI from 173974.24 km away at est. resolution 0.86 km/pix.
July 14 04:21:03 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Pluto with LORRI from 173315.06 km away at est. resolution 0.86 km/pix.
July 14 04:21:51 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Pluto with LORRI from 172655.89 km away at est. resolution 0.86 km/pix.
July 14 04:22:39 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Pluto with LORRI from 171996.74 km away at est. resolution 0.85 km/pix.
July 14 04:23:27 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Pluto with LORRI from 171337.60 km away at est. resolution 0.85 km/pix.
July 14 04:24:15 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Pluto with LORRI from 170678.48 km away at est. resolution 0.85 km/pix.
July 14 04:25:03 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Pluto with LORRI from 170019.38 km away at est. resolution 0.84 km/pix.
July 14 04:25:51 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Pluto with LORRI from 169360.30 km away at est. resolution 0.84 km/pix.
July 14 04:26:39 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Pluto with LORRI from 168701.23 km away at est. resolution 0.84 km/pix.
July 14 04:27:27 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Pluto with LORRI from 168042.18 km away at est. resolution 0.83 km/pix.
July 14 04:28:15 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Pluto with LORRI from 167383.15 km away at est. resolution 0.83 km/pix.
July 14 04:29:03 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Pluto with LORRI from 166724.13 km away at est. resolution 0.83 km/pix.
uly 14 06:10:15 EDT
New Horizons is taking 15 images of Pluto with LORRI from 83646.234 km away at est. resolution 0.41 km/pix.
July 14 06:43:00 EDT
New Horizons is taking 23 images of Pluto with LORRI from 56315.602 km away at est. resolution 0.28 km/pix.
July 14 07:17:48 EDT
New Horizons is taking 70 images of Pluto with LORRI from 30003.890 km away at est. resolution 0.15 km/pix.
July 14 07:26:28 EDT
New Horizons is taking 130 images of Pluto with LORRI from 23859.780 km away at est. resolution 0.12 km/pix.
July 14 07:58:30 EDT
New Horizons is taking 60 images of Pluto with LORRI from 15386.759 km away at est. resolution 0.076 km/pix.
July 14 11:04:08 EDT
New Horizons is taking 4 images of Pluto with LORRI from 160954.31 km away at est. resolution 0.80 km/pix.
July 14 11:05:01 EDT
New Horizons is taking 4 images of Pluto with LORRI from 161681.58 km away at est. resolution 0.80 km/pix.
July 14 11:05:54 EDT
New Horizons is taking 4 images of Pluto with LORRI from 162408.88 km away at est. resolution 0.81 km/pix.
July 14 11:06:47 EDT
New Horizons is taking 4 images of Pluto with LORRI from 163136.20 km away at est. resolution 0.81 km/pix.
July 14 11:07:40 EDT
New Horizons is taking 4 images of Pluto with LORRI from 163863.55 km away at est. resolution 0.81 km/pix.
July 14 11:08:33 EDT
New Horizons is taking 4 images of Pluto with LORRI from 164590.92 km away at est. resolution 0.82 km/pix.
July 14 11:41:41 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Pluto with LORRI from 191887.68 km away at est. resolution 0.95 km/pix.
July 14 11:42:39 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Pluto with LORRI from 192684.40 km away at est. resolution 0.96 km/pix.
July 14 11:43:37 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Pluto with LORRI from 193481.14 km away at est. resolution 0.96 km/pix.
July 14 11:44:35 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Pluto with LORRI from 194277.90 km away at est. resolution 0.96 km/pix.
July 14 11:45:33 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Pluto with LORRI from 195074.67 km away at est. resolution 0.97 km/pix.
July 14 11:46:31 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Pluto with LORRI from 195871.45 km away at est. resolution 0.97 km/pix.

Pluto (MVIC)

July 14 07:05:25 EDT
New Horizons is taking an image of Pluto with MVIC Color from 39384.908 km away at est. resolution 0.78 km/pix.
July 14 07:20:16 EDT
New Horizons is taking an image of Pluto with MVIC from 28206.280 km away at est. resolution 0.56 km/pix.
July 14 07:31:05 EDT
New Horizons is taking an image of Pluto with MVIC from 20854.035 km away at est. resolution 0.41 km/pix.
July 14 07:50:47 EDT
New Horizons is taking an image of Pluto with MVIC from 13735.372 km away at est. resolution 0.27 km/pix.
July 14 08:00:41 EDT
New Horizons is taking an image of Pluto with MVIC from 16282.704 km away at est. resolution 0.32 km/pix.
July 14 08:08:13 EDT
New Horizons is taking an image of Pluto with MVIC from 20323.226 km away at est. resolution 0.40 km/pix.


Charon (LORRI)

July 14 04:32:31 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Charon with LORRI from 178279.45 km away at est. resolution 0.88 km/pix.
July 14 04:33:19 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Charon with LORRI from 177623.82 km away at est. resolution 0.88 km/pix.
July 14 04:34:07 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Charon with LORRI from 176968.26 km away at est. resolution 0.88 km/pix.
July 14 04:34:55 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Charon with LORRI from 176312.76 km away at est. resolution 0.87 km/pix.
July 14 04:35:43 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Charon with LORRI from 175657.33 km away at est. resolution 0.87 km/pix.
July 14 04:36:31 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Charon with LORRI from 175001.97 km away at est. resolution 0.87 km/pix.
July 14 04:37:19 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Charon with LORRI from 174346.67 km away at est. resolution 0.86 km/pix.
July 14 04:38:07 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Charon with LORRI from 173691.45 km away at est. resolution 0.86 km/pix.
July 14 05:14:42 EDT
New Horizons is taking 6 images of Charon with LORRI from 143819.25 km away at est. resolution 0.71 km/pix.
July 14 06:23:47 EDT
New Horizons is taking 12 images of Charon with LORRI from 88389.251 km away at est. resolution 0.44 km/pix.
July 14 07:43:07 EDT
New Horizons is taking 67 images of Charon with LORRI from 34200.236 km away at est. resolution 0.17 km/pix.

Charon (MVIC)

July 14 07:45:29 EDT
New Horizons is taking an image of Charon with MVIC from 33245.206 km away at est. resolution 0.66 km/pix.

Nix (LORRI)

July 14 04:05:11 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Nix with LORRI from 156736.78 km away at est. resolution 0.78 km/pix.
July 14 04:05:59 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Nix with LORRI from 156083.94 km away at est. resolution 0.77 km/pix.
July 14 04:06:47 EDT
New Horizons is taking 2 images of Nix with LORRI from 155431.16 km away at est. resolution 0.77 km/pix.
July 14 05:57:13 EDT
New Horizons is taking 13 images of Nix with LORRI from 66612.933 km away at est. resolution 0.33 km/pix.
July 14 10:55:27 EDT
New Horizons is taking 4 images of Nix with LORRI from 184363.28 km away at est. resolution 0.91 km/pix.
July 14 10:56:17 EDT
New Horizons is taking 4 images of Nix with LORRI from 185044.97 km away at est. resolution 0.92 km/pix.
July 14 10:57:07 EDT
New Horizons is taking 4 images of Nix with LORRI from 185726.69 km away at est. resolution 0.92 km/pix.
July 14 10:57:57 EDT
New Horizons is taking 4 images of Nix with LORRI from 186408.45 km away at est. resolution 0.92 km/pix.

Nix (MVIC)

July 14 07:14:32 EDT
New Horizons is taking an image of Nix with MVIC from 22235.744 km away at est. resolution 0.44 km/pix.

Hydra (LORRI)

July 14 10:44:55 EDT
New Horizons is taking 4 images of Hydra with LORRI from 156723.64 km away at est. resolution 0.78 km/pix.
July 14 10:45:45 EDT
New Horizons is taking 4 images of Hydra with LORRI from 157326.38 km away at est. resolution 0.78 km/pix.
July 14 10:46:35 EDT
New Horizons is taking 4 images of Hydra with LORRI from 157929.86 km away at est. resolution 0.78 km/pix.
July 14 10:47:25 EDT
New Horizons is taking 4 images of Hydra with LORRI from 158534.08 km away at est. resolution 0.79 km/pix.
July 14 10:48:15 EDT
New Horizons is taking 4 images of Hydra with LORRI from 159139.03 km away at est. resolution 0.79 km/pix.
July 14 10:49:05 EDT
New Horizons is taking 4 images of Hydra with LORRI from 159744.70 km away at est. resolution 0.79 km/pix.
July 14 10:49:55 EDT
New Horizons is taking 4 images of Hydra with LORRI from 160351.08 km away at est. resolution 0.80 km/pix.
July 14 10:50:45 EDT
New Horizons is taking 4 images of Hydra with LORRI from 160958.17 km away at est. resolution 0.80 km/pix.
July 14 10:51:35 EDT
New Horizons is taking 4 images of Hydra with LORRI from 161565.95 km away at est. resolution 0.80 km/pix.
July 14 10:52:25 EDT
New Horizons is taking 4 images of Hydra with LORRI from 162174.42 km away at est. resolution 0.80 km/pix.

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Re: LIVE: New Horizons Pluto FlyBy - July 14, 2015
« Reply #168 on: 07/14/2015 02:25 PM »
Remember to read the opening post in this thread. This is for updates. Discussion etc is taking place on other threads. Will trim to keep this on track. No massive emdded images either please.

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Re: LIVE: New Horizons Pluto FlyBy - July 14, 2015
« Reply #169 on: 07/14/2015 02:32 PM »
Hydra sure has a strange orbit.

I am almost 100% certain this is a bug. The real orbit must be very close to a usual ellipse.

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Re: LIVE: New Horizons Pluto FlyBy - July 14, 2015
« Reply #170 on: 07/14/2015 02:48 PM »
Hydra sure has a strange orbit.

I am almost 100% certain this is a bug. The real orbit must be very close to a usual ellipse.

Yeah, there's something just plain wrong with the Eyes software. It nearly crosses other orbits at times. It's really broken, and it bothers me deeply that they haven't fixed this - it's giving a huge number of people the wrong idea.

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Re: LIVE: New Horizons Pluto FlyBy - July 14, 2015
« Reply #171 on: 07/14/2015 02:55 PM »
July 14, 2015
RELEASE 15-149

NASA's Three-Billion-Mile Journey to Pluto Reaches Historic Encounter

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is at Pluto.


After a decade-long journey through our solar system, New Horizons made its closest approach to Pluto Tuesday, about 7,750 miles above the surface -- roughly the same distance from New York to Mumbai, India – making it the first-ever space mission to explore a world so far from Earth.

“I’m delighted at this latest accomplishment by NASA, another first that demonstrates once again how the United States leads the world in space,” said John Holdren, assistant to the President for Science and Technology and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. “New Horizons is the latest in a long line of scientific accomplishments at NASA, including multiple missions orbiting and exploring the surface of Mars in advance of human visits still to come; the remarkable Kepler mission to identify Earth-like planets around stars other than our own; and the DSCOVR satellite that soon will be beaming back images of the whole Earth in near real-time from a vantage point a million miles away. As New Horizons completes its flyby of Pluto and continues deeper into the Kuiper Belt, NASA's multifaceted journey of discovery continues."

“The exploration of Pluto and its moons by New Horizons represents the capstone event to 50 years of planetary exploration by NASA and the United States," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “Once again we have achieved a historic first. The United States is the first nation to reach Pluto, and with this mission has completed the initial survey of our solar system, a remarkable accomplishment that no other nation can match.”

Per the plan, the spacecraft currently is in data-gathering mode and not in contact with flight controllers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physical Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland. Scientists are waiting to find out whether New Horizons “phones home,” transmitting to Earth a series of status updates that indicate the spacecraft survived the flyby and is in good health. The “call” is expected shortly after 9 p.m. tonight.

The Pluto story began only a generation ago when young Clyde Tombaugh was tasked to look for Planet X, theorized to exist beyond the orbit of Neptune. He discovered a faint point of light that we now see as a complex and fascinating world.

"Pluto was discovered just 85 years ago by a farmer's son from Kansas, inspired by a visionary from Boston, using a telescope in Flagstaff, Arizona,” said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. "Today, science takes a great leap observing the Pluto system up close and flying into a new frontier that will help us better understand the origins of the solar system.”

New Horizons’ flyby of the dwarf planet and its five known moons is providing an up-close introduction to the solar system's Kuiper Belt, an outer region populated by icy objects ranging in size from boulders to dwarf planets. Kuiper Belt objects, such as Pluto, preserve evidence about the early formation of the solar system.

New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Boulder, Colorado, says the mission now is writing the textbook on Pluto.

"The New Horizons team is proud to have accomplished the first exploration of the Pluto system,” Stern said. “This mission has inspired people across the world with the excitement of exploration and what humankind can achieve.”

New Horizons’ almost 10-year, three-billion-mile journey to closest approach at Pluto took about one minute less than predicted when the craft was launched in January 2006. The spacecraft threaded the needle through a 36-by-57 mile (60 by 90 kilometers) window in space -- the equivalent of a commercial airliner arriving no more off target than the width of a tennis ball.

Because New Horizons is the fastest spacecraft ever launched – hurtling through the Pluto system at more than 30,000 mph, a collision with a particle as small as a grain of rice could incapacitate the spacecraft. Once it reestablishes contact Tuesday night, it will take 16 months for New Horizons to send its cache of data – 10 years’ worth -- back to Earth.

New Horizons is the latest in a long line of scientific accomplishments at NASA, including multiple rovers exploring the surface of Mars, the Cassini spacecraft that has revolutionized our understanding of Saturn and the Hubble Space Telescope, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. All of this scientific research and discovery is helping to inform the agency’s plan to send American astronauts to Mars in the 2030’s.

“After nearly 15 years of planning, building, and flying the New Horizons spacecraft across the solar system, we’ve reached our goal,” said project manager Glen Fountain at APL “The bounty of what we’ve collected is about to unfold.”

APL designed, built and operates the New Horizons spacecraft and manages the mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. SwRI leads the mission, science team, payload operations and encounter science planning. New Horizons is part of NASA’s New Frontiers Program, managed by the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Follow the New Horizons mission on Twitter and use the hashtag #PlutoFlyby to join the conversation. Live updates also will be available on the mission Facebook page.

For more information on the New Horizons mission, including fact sheets, schedules, video and images, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/newhorizons

and

http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/plutotoolkit.cfm

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Re: LIVE: New Horizons Pluto FlyBy - July 14, 2015
« Reply #172 on: 07/14/2015 03:06 PM »
Live event with Scott Kelly coming up.

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Re: LIVE: New Horizons Pluto FlyBy - July 14, 2015
« Reply #173 on: 07/14/2015 03:20 PM »
107,000 and cruisin, back to targeting Pluto.

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Re: LIVE: New Horizons Pluto FlyBy - July 14, 2015
« Reply #174 on: 07/14/2015 05:51 PM »
I noticed Google were joining in today (14 July) with their search box animation - see screenshot image.


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Re: LIVE: New Horizons Pluto FlyBy - July 14, 2015
« Reply #175 on: 07/14/2015 06:06 PM »
They're showing off the MVIC data now. via Emily Lakdawalla on twitter. Charon's pole apparently red due to Pluto's atmosphere "leaking" onto it...

« Last Edit: 07/14/2015 06:07 PM by NovaSilisko »

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Re: LIVE: New Horizons Pluto FlyBy - July 14, 2015
« Reply #176 on: 07/14/2015 06:57 PM »
Took this a couple of hours ago. Alan Stern presenting photos of Pluto to Clyde Tombaugh's children. Tombaugh discovered Pluto in 1930.

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Re: LIVE: New Horizons Pluto FlyBy - July 14, 2015
« Reply #177 on: 07/14/2015 07:02 PM »
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Pluto and Charon Shine in False Color

New Horizons has obtained impressive new images of Pluto and its large moon Charon that highlight their compositional diversity. These are not actual color images of Pluto and Charon—they are shown here in exaggerated colors that make it easy to note the differences in surface material and features on each planetary body.

The images were obtained using three of the color filters of the “Ralph” instrument on July 13 at 3:38 am EDT. New Horizons has seven science instruments on board the spacecraft—including “Ralph” and “Alice”, whose names are a throwback to the “Honeymooners,” a popular 1950s sitcom. 

“These images show that Pluto and Charon are truly complex worlds.  There's a whole lot going on here,” said New Horizons co-investigator Will Grundy, Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, Arizona.  “Our surface composition team is working as fast as we can to identify the substances in different regions on Pluto and unravel the processes that put them where they are.”

The color data helps scientists understand the molecular make-up of ices on the surfaces of Pluto and Charon, as well as the age of geologic features such as craters. They can also tell us about surface changes caused by space “weather,” such as radiation.

The new color images reveal that the “heart” of Pluto actually consists of two remarkably different-colored regions.  In the false-color image, the heart consists of a western lobe shaped like an ice cream cone that appears peach color in this image.  A mottled area on the right (east) side looks bluish.  A mid-latitude band appears in shades ranging from pale blue through red.  Even within the northern polar cap, in the upper part of the image, various shades of yellow-orange indicate subtle compositional differences. This image was obtained using three of the color filters of the Ralph instrument on July 13 at 3:38 am EDT and received on the ground on at 12:25 pm.

Charon is Just as Colorful

The surface of Charon is viewed using the same exaggerated color. The red on the dark northern polar cap of Charon is attributed to hydrocarbon and other molecules, a class of chemical compounds called tholins. The mottled colors at lower latitudes point to the diversity of terrains on Charon.  This image was obtained using three of the color filters of the Ralph instrument on July 13 at 3:38 am EDT and received on the ground on at 12:25 pm.

“We make these color images to highlight the variety of surface environments present in the Pluto system,” said Dennis Reuter, co-investigator with the New Horizons Composition Team. “They show us in an intuitive way that there is much still to learn from the data coming down.”

Due to the three-billion-mile distance to Pluto, data takes 4 ½ hours to come to Earth, even at the speed of light. It will take 16 months for all of New Horizons’ science data to be received, and the treasure trove from this mission will be studied for decades to come.
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Re: LIVE: New Horizons Pluto FlyBy - July 14, 2015
« Reply #178 on: 07/14/2015 08:13 PM »
In about 15 minutes, New Horizons will be sending out its "hello i am alive" signal,  to arrive at earth ~4.5 hours later.

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Re: LIVE: New Horizons Pluto FlyBy - July 14, 2015
« Reply #179 on: 07/14/2015 08:14 PM »
Yeah, there's something just plain wrong with the Eyes software. It nearly crosses other orbits at times. It's really broken, and it bothers me deeply that they haven't fixed this - it's giving a huge number of people the wrong idea.
Comment from NASA eyes team on this https://twitter.com/nasa_eyes/status/620606468975366144
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Its the resonance with Charon's orbital period. Ditto the others and their slight polygonal orbit shapes.

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