Chasing New Horizons

Chasing New Horizons

Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto

Book - 2018
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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 thepast, 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.

Publisher: New York : Picador, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250098962
Branch Call Number: 629.4354922 STE
Characteristics: xv, 295 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour)
Additional Contributors: Grinspoon, David Harry


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Nov 23, 2018

An exciting, in-depth look into this mammoth mission. Exceptionally well written. Riveting from beginning to end. Very inspiring!

Sep 03, 2018

The space travel geek in me LOVED this book, but it's also a great read for non-geeks. This mission was first planned in 1989, survived multiple cancellations by politicians, also survived internal politics within NASA, and New Horizons finally lifted off in 2006--arriving at Pluto in July 2015. The photos and scientific data sent back have been amazing. But the story of planning and then executing getting a spacecraft to Pluto is worth the read. Stern (who headed the project) and his team have mind-boggling intelligence. Reads like a sci-fi suspense thriller.

Jun 01, 2018

Detailed story of how the project came about and was executed. I find this story intrinsically interesting, especially on how problems were dealt with as they arose. Don’t expect as much on Pluto; this is mainly about the spacecraft itself.

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