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Chasing New Horizons

Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto

Alan Stern, David Harry Grinspoon

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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.

Alan Stern and David Grinspoon

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Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Seitenzahl 320
Erscheinungsdatum 12.06.2018
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-250-09896-2
Verlag St Martin's Press
Maße (L/B/H) 24.1/16.1/3.8 cm
Gewicht 558 g

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  • CONTENTS



    Introduction: Inside the Farthest Exploration in History
    Prologue: Out of Lock

    1. Dreams of a Grand Tour
    2. The Pluto Underground
    3. Ten Years in the Wilderness
    4. The Undead
    5. New Horizons at Last?
    6. Building the Bird
    7. Bringing It All Together
    8. A Prayer Before You Go
    9. Going Supersonic
    10. To Jupiter and the Ocean of Space Beyond
    11. Battle Plan Pluto
    12. Into Unknown Danger
    13. On Approach
    14. Fireworks
    15. Showtime
    16. Everest
    17. Onward New Horizons

    Coda: A Final Discovery

    Appendix: The Top Ten Science Discoveries from New Horizons at the Pluto System
    Acknowledgments
    Index