Chasing New Horizons

Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (9.27 hours)
Product Number: Z100131233
Released: May 01, 2018
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ISBN: #9781250295941
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This audiobook is 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, Chasing New Horizons is a riveting story of scientific discovery, and of how much we humans can achieve when people focused on a dream work together toward their incredible goal.

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Genre: Science
Original Publish Date: May 01, 2018

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Chasing New Horizons
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Product Number:Z100131233
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Genre: Science
Product Number DD37350
Released: May 01, 2018
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Publisher: Macmillan Audio
ISBN: #9781250295958
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Genre: Science
Product Number EB00714231
Released: May 01, 2018
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Publisher: Picador
ISBN: #9781250098986

Professional reviews

"Author and narrator David Grinspoon takes listeners behind the scenes of New Horizons, the first mission to Pluto, which passed by the planet in July 2015. This illuminating account reveals how stakeholders, Plutophiles, and advocates overcame numerous obstacles--including the securing of approvals, funding uncertainties, and inter-agency rivalries--to reach this planet. Grinspoon uses a straightforward tone as he contextualizes more than 20 years of scientific endeavors within space history. Quotes from project participants are distinguished by dialogue tags, not by vocal variation, making the point of view unclear at times. A coda, read by coauthor and mission leader Dr. Alan Stern, further explores the impact of this mission on a new generation of students and additional scientific possibilities as New Horizons moves beyond Pluto. Even listeners without backgrounds in astronomy and physics will appreciate the magnitude of this achievement. J.R.T. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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