A Gift from New Horizons
This holiday season, and indeed, for much of this year, I have been reading books about space, even as I work on a new book of my own about astronomical observatories. I started with a re-read of Andy Chaikin’s magnificent A Man on the Moon and have worked my way through astronaut books, an exploration of the aftermath of the Columbia disaster, and—just in time for the Christmas season—a look at the Apollo 8 mission. It’s been quite a trip this year, looking at our past space explorations.
Of course, people haven’t ventured very far into space on their own. Our spacecraft have gone much farther than we will be going for quite a while. Until human missions venture out to Mars and beyond, we remain explorers (physically) of our own backyard.
Out to the Great Beyond
Where will YOU be when New Horizons passed by Ultima Thule?
That brings me to the upcoming visit to Ultima Thule that I mentioned in the last post. It’s the product of the work of thousands of people, many of whom have devoted their careers to it. It arrives at Ultima Thule, the most distant world ever to ...