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The Life and Times of Donald F. Simmons

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Pluto! Yay!

The New Horizons probe launched perfectly this afternoon and is onto its way on a nine year trip to Pluto.

And they just announced that it's carrying the ashes of Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered Pluto in 1930, and who died in 1997. I imagine they held off announcing that until the launch on the chance it would end up on the bottom of the Atlantic.

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Hi Donald, I'm a new arrival that shares your interest in space-flight and engineering. An interesting bit: every day that the launch was delayed would cost some extra travel time, not due to Jupiter, but due to Earth going further away from the sun (away from perihelion) and thus have less kinetic energy in it's orbit.
Regards, Jorrie

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