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Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto

Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto

Alan Stern and David Grinspoon take us behind the scenes of the science, politics, egos and public expectations that fueled the greatest space mission of our time: New Horizons' mission to Pluto.

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ISBN 9781250098962
Barcode 9781250098962
Published 26 June 2018 by St Martin's Press
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Stern, Alan
By Grinspoon, David Harry
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ISBN-13 9781250098962
ISBN-10 1250098963
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher St Martin's Press
Imprint St Martin's Press
Publication Date 26 June 2018
International Publication Date 1 May 2018
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Stern, Alan
By Grinspoon, David Harry
Category Astronomy, Space & Time
Astrophysics
Aerospace & Aviation Technology
Space Science
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 164mm
Height: 239mm
Spine: 29mm
Weight 573g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Space flight to Pluto, Pluto probes, Pluto Dwarf planet - Exploration, Pluto probes
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 629.4354922
Catalogue Code 904082

Description of this Book

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 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-and nothing like it is planned to happen 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 our most historic achievements are in the past, the most distant planetary exploration ever attempted not only succeeded 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 the mission: of their decades-long commitment; of the political fights within and outside of NASA; of the sheer human ingenuity it took to design, build, and fly the mission. Told from the insider's perspective of Dr. Alan Stern, Chasing New Horizons is a riveting story of scientific discovery, and of how far humanity can go when we work together toward an incredible goal.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Alan Stern and David Grinspoon take the reader to Pluto on a historic odyssey, from its inception to its conclusion. --Capt. James Lovell The fascinating story of how human curiosity, ingenuity, and tenacity have revealed to us what a world that is billions of miles away is really like. Space exploration at its best. --Mario Livio, astrophysicist and author of Why? and Brilliant Blunders
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Dr Alan Stern is Principal Investigator of the New Horizons mission. A planetary scientist, space program executive, aerospace consultant, and author, he has participated in numerous planetary missions. He lives in Colorado. Dr David Grinspoon is an astrobiologist, award-winning science communicator, author, and the inaugural Chair of Astrobiology at the Library of Congress. He is a frequent adviser to NASA on space exploration strategy and lives in lives in Washington, DC.

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