Chasing New Horizons

Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto by David Grinspoon

  • Published: Sep 22, 2020

This audiobook is 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... read more

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Details of Chasing New Horizons

Exact title of the book
Chasing New Horizons
Book author
David Grinspoon
ISBN
9781250295941
Publisher
Macmillan Audio
Published
May 01, 2018
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
File size (in PDF)
about 1200 kB

Some brief overview of book

This audiobook is 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 generationa raw exploration of new worlds unparalleled since NASAs Voyager missions to Uranus and Neptuneand 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 NASAs 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 worlds 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 insiders perspective of mission leader Dr. Alan Stern and others on New Horizons, Chasing New Horizons is a riveting story of scientific discovery, and of how much we humans can achieve when people focused on a dream work together toward their incredible goal.

About author

Alan Stern is Principal Investigator of the New Horizons mission. A planetary scientist, space program executive, aerospace consultant, and author, he has participated in 29 NASA space missions and has been involved at the highest levels in most aspects of American space exploration. He lives in Colorado.

Dr. David Grinspoon is an astrobiologist and planetary scientist, award-winning science communicator, and prize-winning author. In 2013 he was appointed the inaugural Chair of Astrobiology at the Library of Congress. He is a frequent advisor to NASA on space exploration strategy, and is on the team for the Curiosity Mars Rover.

Grinspoon's previous books include Earth in Human Hands (2016) and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Slate, Scientific American, Los Angeles Times, and others. He lives in Washington, DC.

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