Chasing New Horizons

Chasing New Horizons

Chasing New Horizons is the story of the men and women behind this amazing mission: of their decades-long commitment and persistence; of the political fights within and outside of NASA; of the sheer human ingenuity it took to design, build, ...

Author: Alan Stern

Publisher: Picador

ISBN: 9781250098986

Category: Science

Page: 320

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Called "spellbinding" (Scientific American) and "thrilling...a future classic of popular science" (PW), the up close, inside story of the greatest space exploration project of our time, New Horizons’ mission to Pluto, as shared with David Grinspoon by mission leader Alan Stern and other key players. On July 14, 2015, something amazing happened. More than 3 billion miles from Earth, a small NASA spacecraft called New Horizons screamed past Pluto at more than 32,000 miles per hour, focusing its instruments on the long mysterious icy worlds of the Pluto system, and then, just as quickly, continued on its journey out into the beyond. Nothing like this has occurred in a generation—a raw exploration of new worlds unparalleled since NASA’s Voyager missions to Uranus and Neptune—and nothing quite like it is planned to happen ever again. The photos that New Horizons sent back to Earth graced the front pages of newspapers on all 7 continents, and NASA’s website for the mission received more than 2 billion hits in the days surrounding the flyby. At a time when so many think that our most historic achievements are in the past, the most distant planetary exploration ever attempted not only succeeded in 2015 but made history and captured the world’s imagination. How did this happen? Chasing New Horizons is the story of the men and women behind this amazing mission: of their decades-long commitment and persistence; of the political fights within and outside of NASA; of the sheer human ingenuity it took to design, build, and fly the mission; and of the plans for New Horizons’ next encounter, 1 billion miles past Pluto in 2019. Told from the insider’s perspective of mission leader Dr. Alan Stern and others on New Horizons, and including two stunning 16-page full-color inserts of images, Chasing New Horizons is a riveting account of scientific discovery, and of how much we humans can achieve when people focused on a dream work together toward their incredible goal.
Categories: Science

Beyond Pluto

Beyond Pluto

A scientific definition of the mission prepared in 1995 described a series of studies to be carried out at Pluto and mentioned a possible mission extension to fly past a Kuiper Belt object . Given the large number of potential targets ...

Author: John Davies

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139428772

Category: Science

Page: 233

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In the ten years preceding publication, the known solar system more than doubled in size. For the first time in almost two centuries an entirely new population of planetary objects was found. This 'Kuiper Belt' of minor planets beyond Neptune revolutionised our understanding of the solar system's formation and finally explained the origin of the enigmatic outer planet Pluto. This is the fascinating story of how theoretical physicists decided that there must be a population of unknown bodies beyond Neptune and how a small band of astronomers set out to find them. What they discovered was a family of ancient planetesimals whose orbits and physical properties were far more complicated than anyone expected. We follow the story of this discovery, and see how astronomers, theoretical physicists and one incredibly dedicated amateur observer came together to explore the frozen boundary of the solar system.
Categories: Science

Pluto and Charon

Pluto and Charon

The authors want particularly to thank the many other Pluto team members and their supporters from numerous organizations whose paid and unpaid efforts have brought a mission to Pluto from speculation to serious planning , designs and ...

Author: Alan Stern

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 0816518408

Category: Science

Page: 764

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For five decades after its discovery in 1930, the planet Pluto remained an enigma. However, several events during the last two decades have helped to lift the veil of mystery surrounding the ninth planet. The discovery of its satellite, Charon, in 1978 permitted occultation observations that allowed scientists to determine the size of both bodies. Astronomers also detected the presence of an atmosphere, and the Hubble Space Telescope provided views in unprecedented detail. In addition to these two fortuitous events, advances in telescopic instrumentation and computational methods led to exciting observational and theoretical discoveries. This new Space Sciences Series volume focuses on the scientific issues associated with Pluto and Charon. Fifty collaborating authors here review the latest research on the Pluto-Charon binary, from bulk properties, surfaces and interiors to atmospheric structure, composition, and dynamics. They also provide historical perspectives on Pluto-Charon research and discuss the population of the trans-Neptunian region and the origin of the Pluto-Charon binary. Also included are prefatory remarks by Pluto's and Charon's discoverers, Clyde Tombaugh and James Christy. This volume offers the most comprehensive available compendium of research work for understanding these far off members of our solar system, just at a time following dramatic developments in our knowledge but before that knowledge can be advanced by spacecraft missions.
Categories: Science

Voyage to Pluto

Voyage to Pluto

Explores scientists' thrilling quest to send a spacecraft to Pluto.

Author: Liz Kruesi

Publisher: North Star Editions, Inc.

ISBN: 9781635177169

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

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Explores scientists' thrilling quest to send a spacecraft to Pluto. Engaging text, vibrant photos, and informative infographics help readers learn about this important advancement in exploring space, as well as the people and technology that made it possible.
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction

Pluto

Pluto

Among those pressing NASA for a mission to Pluto were The US astronomers Frances Bagenal and Alan Stern. Stern's visit to NASA headquarters in 1989 was instrumental in the positive outcome, and studies for a low-mass (350 kg) Pluto ...

Author: Barrie W. Jones

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139490221

Category: Science

Page:

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Orbiting at the edge of the outer Solar System, Pluto is an intriguing object in astronomy. Since the fascinating events surrounding its discovery, it has helped increase our understanding of the origin and evolution of the Solar System, and raised questions about the nature and benefits of scientific classification. This is a timely and exciting account of Pluto and its satellites. The author uses Pluto as a case study to discuss discovery in astronomy, how remote astronomical bodies are investigated, and the role of classification in science by discussing Pluto's recent classification as a dwarf planet. Besides Pluto, the book also explores the rich assortment of bodies that constitute the Edgeworth–Kuiper Belt, of which Pluto is the largest innermost member. Richly illustrated, this text is written for general readers, amateur astronomers and students alike. Boxed text provides more advanced information especially for readers who wish to delve deeper into the subject.
Categories: Science

Interplanetary Mission Analysis and Design

Interplanetary Mission Analysis and Design

The implication is, however, that the approach speed at Pluto is consequently much higher, although, a trade-o may be established relating total mission DV to transfer duration. Alternatively, if a ̄y-by mission at Pluto is considered, ...

Author: Stephen Kemble

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783540376453

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 484

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The present impetus to drive down the overall cost of space missions is leading to ever-increasing demands for more efficient design techniques over a wide range of interplanetary missions, and the methods now being utilised to do this are described in this timely and authoritative work.
Categories: Technology & Engineering

The Pluto System After New Horizons

The Pluto System After New Horizons

tem book in this Space Science Series (Stern and Tholen, 1997), NASA's Pluto mission did not then have the universal support of the science community. The National Academy of Science's Committee on Lunar and Planetary Exploration ...

Author: S. Alan Stern

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 9780816540945

Category: Science

Page: 683

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Once perceived as distant, cold, dark, and seemingly unknowable, Pluto had long been marked as the farthest and most unreachable frontier for solar system exploration. The Pluto System After New Horizons is the benchmark research compendium for synthesizing our understanding of the Pluto system. This volume reviews the work of researchers who have spent the last five years assimilating the data returned from New Horizons and the first full scientific synthesis of this fascinating system.
Categories: Science

Pluto

Pluto

6 Guy Gugliotta, “NASA Readies to Launch Pluto Mission,” Washington Post, December 19, 2005, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content /article/2005/12/18/AR2005121800976.html?sub=AR. 7 Deborah Netburn, “Pluto Is Defying Scientists' ...

Author: James Roland

Publisher: Lerner Publications ™

ISBN: 9781512438123

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

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Did you know that Pluto has mountains, glaciers, and even blue skies? In July 2015 a spacecraft called New Horizons finally reached Pluto—almost ten years after it had launched! The spacecraft flew by Pluto to take the first close-up photos of the dwarf planet. When it began sending those photos back to Earth, scientists were amazed by what they saw. Pluto was more fascinating than scientists ever imagined! Read this book to learn more about New Horizons, its long journey to Pluto, and the things scientists learned from the photos of this distant dwarf planet.
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction

NASA s Fiscal Year 2003 Budget Request

NASA s Fiscal Year 2003 Budget Request

Congress provided funding in last year's VA - HUD appropriation that was sufficient to initiate the Pluto - Kuiper Belt ( New Horizons ) mission - a competitively awarded mission to send the first spacecraft to the planet Pluto and ...

Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Science

Publisher:

ISBN: PSU:000049649321

Category: Federal aid to research

Page: 105

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Categories: Federal aid to research