NSN Webinar: Chasing New Horizons

NSN Webinar: Chasing New Horizons

  • Nighttime Event
  • Inside Venue
  • Target Audience
  • Teen, Adult
Images: Alan Stern, David Grinspoon, and NASA

Night Sky Network members joined us on June 26, 2018, when Drs. Alan Stern and David Grinspoon updated us on the New Horizons mission to Pluto and beyond. 

NASA’s New Horizons mission provided an amazing array of images and data from its historic flyby of Pluto.  In this webinar, hear from New Horizons Principal Investigator Dr. Alan Stern, and astrobiologist Dr. David Grinspoon, as they recap the amazing journey of New Horizons as it now is set to flyby the Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, orbiting a billion miles past Pluto.


About Dr. Alan Stern
Dr. Alan Stern is a planetary scientist, space program executive, aerospace consultant, and author. He leads NASA’s New Horizons mission that successfully explored the Pluto system and is now exploring the Kuiper Belt—the farthest exploration in the history of humankind.

About Dr. David Grinspoon
David Grinspoon is an astrobiologist, award-winning science communicator, and prize-winning author. His newest book is Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto, co-authored with Alan Stern. He is a Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute and Adjunct Professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Science at the University of Colorado. His research focuses on climate evolution on Earth-like planets and potential conditions for life elsewhere in the universe. 

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Registration
NSN members can preregister for this webinar on the Zoom website, and get email reminders when the webinar is about to begin.

Last Updated: June 1, 2018

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NSN Webinar: Chasing New Horizons

NASA Night Sky Network members joined us on June 26, 2018, when Drs. Alan Stern and David Grinspoon updated us on the New Horizons mission to Pluto and beyond. NASA's New Horizons mission provided an amazing array of images and data from its historic flyby of Pluto. In this webinar, New Horizons Principal Investigator Dr. Alan Stern, and astrobiologist Dr. David Grinspoon, recapped the amazing journey of New Horizons as it now is set to flyby the Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, orbiting a billion miles past Pluto.

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