And the epic brain dump commences: New Horizons is downloading data again

With the post-flyby activities completed and the spacecraft now safely into its next cruise phase, it has time to begin its major brain dump, a massive download over a very low bandwidth connection that will take a year to complete.  The small image set we have now is lovely, and they have some great data to play with, but it’s only a tiny fraction of the stuff New Horizons acquired and stuffed into its flash drive.  Over the next few months, more and more high resolution imagery as well as other data will be coming down, and will gradually be released to the public as it becomes available.

I can’t wait!  😉

The 70-meter "Mars" antenna at Goldstone, the largest single dish in the Deep Space Network.  This is one of the "ears" that will receive New Horizon's download.  Courtesy JPL.

The 70-meter “Mars” antenna at Goldstone, the largest single dish in the Deep Space Network. This is one of the “ears” that will receive New Horizon’s download. Courtesy JPL.

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