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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

January 18, 2006
Say What! - New Horizons delayed

Good day,

The New Horizons launch scrubbed, again. - LRK -

NASA's Pluto flight delayed again due to power outage
Wed Jan 18, 2006 10:57 AM ET

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA canceled Wednesday's launch of the
U.S. space agency's first probe to Pluto after the mission control
headquarters in Maryland lost power, officials said.

The launch of the piano-sized New Horizons spacecraft on a massive Atlas 5
rocket had been postponed from Tuesday due to high winds at the launch pad
at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

NASA officials said it was not immediately clear why mission control at
Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory nearly 1,000 miles
away in Maryland lost power.

The agency hoped the problem would be resolved in time for the next launch
window between 1:08 p.m. and 3:07 p.m. on Thursday. NASA has until February
14 to launch the probe, but postponements could add up to 5 years to its

The earliest that New Horizons can reach Pluto, if it launches in time to
slingshot itself off the gravity field of Jupiter, is July 2015.

Folks on the InsideKSC group said that CNN reported the scrub, but FOX news
was reporting that "NASA will try again this afternoon..."

I wonder how connected the news reporters are.

Yesterday MSNBC reporter said that New Horizons had nuclear generators like
the ones that powered the LASER Reflector the Apollo Astronauts used to beam
LASERs to Earth.

Come on. The RETROREFLECTOR is just that, a reflector for LASER beams sent
from Earth and bounced back.
Apollo 11 Laser Ranging Retroreflector Experiment

The Laser Ranging Retroreflector experiment was deployed on Apollo 11, 14,
and 15. It consists of a series of corner-cube reflectors, which are a
special type of mirror with the property of always reflecting an incoming
light beam back in the direction it came from. A similar device was also
included on the Soviet Union's Lunakhod 2 spacecraft. These reflectors can
be illuminated by laser beams aimed through large telescopes on Earth. The
reflected laser beam is also observed with the telescope, providing a
measurement of the round-trip distance between Earth and the Moon. This is
the only Apollo experiment that is still returning data from the Moon. Many
of these measurements have been made by McDonald Observatory in Texas. From
1969 to 1985, they were made on a part-time basis using the McDonald
Observatory 107-inch telescope. Since 1985, these observations have been
made using a dedicated 30-inch telescope. Additional measurements have been
made by observatories in Hawaii, California, France, Australia, and Germany.

What chance do we have of getting to the Moon if we don't even know what we
did while we were there?

Need your help in clueing in the clueless.

Thanks for looking up with me.

Larry Kellogg

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