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Chasing new horizons : inside the epic first mission to Pluto

Author: Alan Stern; David Harry Grinspoon
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Picador, 2019.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Picador paperback editionView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Stern; David Harry Grinspoon
ISBN: 1250098971 9781250098979
OCLC Number: 1050280020
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xv, 295 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 cm
Contents: Preface: Inside the farthest exploration in history --
Introduction: Out of lock --
Dreams of a grand tour --
The Pluto underground --
Ten years in the wilderness --
The undead --
New Horizons at last? --
Building the bird --
Bringing it all together --
A prayer before you go --
Going supersonic --
To Jupiter and the ocean of space beyond --
Battle plan Pluto --
Into unknown danger --
On approach --
July 4th fireworks --
Showtime --
Everest --
Onward New Horizons --
Coda: A final discovery --
Appendix: The top ten science discoveries from the New Horizons exploration of the Pluto system.
Other Titles: Inside the epic first mission to Pluto
Responsibility: Alan Stern and David Grinspoon.

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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.  Read more...

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"Stern and Grinspoon's record of this epic project is thoroughly captivating... Suffused with serpentine theatrics and scientific wonder, this is a consistently compelling, top-notch documentation of Read more...

 
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