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Just a thread I thought this forum needed. Is Pluto still a planet? Kindly and respectfully share your thoughts about Pluto. I think @Pluto_Is_A_Planet might want to join in. (Sorry for "pinging" random users, but it's sort of for a reason)
Pluto is big chad
Snappy posted a topic in The LoungeI think we can all agree Pluto has and always be big chad (also look at one it's moons https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/moons/pluto-moons/kerberos/in-depth/)
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Is Pluto a planet?
Entropian posted a topic in Science & SpaceflightIs Pluto a planet? According to the IAU, no, but what do you think?
Beyond - KSP miniseries.
Rus_1952 posted a topic in KSP Fan WorksHey, guys! For the last several months i've been working on my new KSP video. It would be action miniseries of 6 episodes, 20-25 minutes each. Here we go!
A proposal to change the definition of a planet
55delta posted a topic in Science & SpaceflightI ran across this article from a current events program. CBC article link Yes, it would re-classify Pluto as a planet again, as well as add a lot more planets to the list. Knowing this is still a heated topic, please keep a calm head in the discussion. Have fun!
Flag on Pluto - need help with math
Whateverest posted a topic in KSP1 Challenges & Mission ideasHey everybody, I want a flag on Pluto (using RO,RSS,TAC-LS,RT,kOS etc) and started by calculating different scenarios. It turned out, that Pluto is giving me some serious headaches. The biggest problem is the unneglectable inclination relative to the eclipse of 17° combined with Pluto`s excentricity. ---- I`m German, hope you understand what I write, feel free to correct me --- Scenario 1 is just a Hohmann Transfer to meet Pluto when he crosses the ecliptic. Scenario 2 is about meeting him at his Periapsis. I do not consider any swing-by maneuvers, because there would be to many odds... So in order to calculate Scenario 1 I need to know my speed relative to Pluto, when I meet him at the Ascending Node so I can calculate the burn that keeps me in Pluto-orbit. But here`s the problem: how do I know Pluto`s distance from the sun and his speed when he crosses the Eclipse? Is there any "general" equation that would be usable for other inclinded planets, such as Mercury as well? Scenario 2 would require to burn my spacecraft`s apoapsis to Pluto`s Periapsis. His speed and my speed at that point are easy to calculate. The advantage of this scenario would be a much shorter flying time, and therefore less weight (less life support). What I save on Life support could be added as fuel and increase the Delta-V for the "Flip-burn". On the way back to Earth I wouldn`t have to do the flip burn and use the Delta-V to reduce speed just before Earth-reentry and keep g-forces lower, since I would not have to dive too deep into Earth`s atmosphere. But how do I calculate the "Flip-Burn"? Flip-Burn", because I would stay at the Eclipse until intersecting Pluto`s orbital plane and change the inclination ("flip" my trajectory) there. How do I calculate my speed and my distance from the sun when intersecting Pluto`s orbital plane with my AP at his PE ? Any hints are welcome. Maybe someone has done and posted their math before, but so far I couldn`t find any. Cheers, Whateverest
Ultimate Steve posted a topic in KSP1 DiscussionI don't know if this belongs here, but I'm pretty sure it does. So, I was randomly browsing the internet today, and I discovered that Pluto has a moon named Kerberos. It is the fourth moon of Pluto, and was discovered back in 2011... BUT it was named in mid 2013. The article says it was named after an asteroid, but you've got to wonder... maybe the person who suggested that name played KSP. Probably not, but, even so, it would be an interesting coincidence. Thoughts?
High resolution image of pluto available
RainDreamer posted a topic in Science & Spaceflighthttp://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/7842/20151207/nasa-releases-plutos-definitive-portraits.htm That looks almost like lava creeps over flat ground. But those are mountains and valleys captured during New Horizon fly by. Just what created them?