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' misison to Pluto.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 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 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; and of the plans for New Horizons' next encounter, 1 billion miles past Pluto. Told from the insider's perspective of Dr. Alan Stern--the man who led the mission--Chasing New Horizons is a riveting story of scientific discovery, and of how far humanity can go when people focused on a dream work together toward their incredible goal....
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Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto Reviews
Fascinating insider's experience from the mission conception to reaching Pluto! I totally enjoyed reading 'Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto' by Alan Stern. I learned so much about NASA and how missions come about within the committee red-tape. They managed to bypass the usual pat on the head to actually getting folks excited about the need to explore the remainder of the planets in our solar system. It is somewhat fascinating how when the concept was first developing ...more
This book is only going to appeal to space geeks (like me). I had the opportunity to hear Alan Stern give a presentation on the New Horizons mission some months ago, and it's an interesting story. The book begins with a short chapter about the loss of communication with the spacecraft as it approached Pluto. The subject is put on hold until the end of the book, where, as we all know by now, the problem was resolved and the mission was a great success.
The first 100 pages or so of the book are abo ...more
A really fascinating look into the behind-the-scenes of a NASA planetary exploration project. This book goes through the science, the politics, and the personality behind getting a mission like this funded and executed. None of it is trivial. I very much appreciated how many women scientists were included in this project, and unlike the other reviewer who would probably call me a "snowflake" (to which I would respond: have you lived through a Nor'Easter? snowflakes are bad ass): I was super thri ...more
Now, let me state up front that these type of books, chronocling scientific research, or events, are hard to write. It's very hard to write a book that can convey a level of excitement and emotion for an event that happened in the past, in which we technically know the outcome, generally filled with more scientific and beaurecratic dealings and most of all, set over a very very long span of time. Chasing New Horizons I think does and doesn't fall into this trap. The fact that it's written by one ...more
A fascinating insider’s tale of this generation’s greatest exploration mission. Alan Stern gives a front row seat view of the incredible feats it took to fly a probe to Pluto, including years of jumping through NASA hoops and tense days of frantic recovery efforts - while enduring a 9-hour round trip radio delay!
The mission to then ninth planet Pluto was the most exciting science adventure of the 21st century (so far), and this book is a fascinating account about the events that made it possible. A must-read for everyone who is interested in space, in science and the human adventure.
So good on so many levels. Planning, persistence, perseverance, and great payoff. Lessons about science. Lessons about strategic selling. Lessons about project management. Lessons about humans driven to explore. This was the most fun and interesting non-fiction book I've read in a long time.