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Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto – Dr. Alan Stern

If you wanted to design and fly a robotic spacecraft on a 9-year voyage 3 billion miles from Earth, the farthest journey of exploration our species has ever attempted, HOW WOULD YOU DO IT?

Dr Alan Stern

Dr. Alan Stern is the principal investigator of the New Horizons mission, leading NASA’s exploration of the Pluto system and the Kuiper Belt. A planetary scientist, space program executive, aerospace consultant and author, he has participated in over two dozen scientific space missions. Dr. Stern is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2016 Carl Sagan Memorial Award of the American Astronautical Society, and has twice been named to the Time 100.

In this episode, Dr. Stern discusses his new book, “Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto”, including details on both successes and struggles during the mission, and upcoming plans to awaken the New Horizons spacecraft from hibernation in June through preparations for its rendezvous with Kuiper Belt object MU69 on New Year's Day 2019. 

Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto is available now at Amazon.com

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From the Moon to the planets & beyond, Stargazing with Astronomer Dean Regas

Ever wonder what a mysterious object is in the sky? In this episode Dean Regas, the astronomer for the Cincinnati Observatory, discusses popular things to see in the night sky and how to see them. Dean's also the co-host of Star Gazers on PBS, as well as author of two books, “Facts from Space!” and “100 Things to see in the Night Sky”. Dean is a contributing editor to Sky & Telescope magazine and Astronomy magazine, and has written more than 120 astronomy articles for the Cincinnati Enquirer and blogs for the Huffington Post. He’s also been a frequent guest on NPR’s Science Friday, been featured in the New York Times and hosts an astronomy podcast along with Anna Hehman called “Looking Up”.

Dean’s books, 100 Things to See in the Night Sky and Facts from Space! are available at your favorite retailer or the links below:

         

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