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Pathway to Pluto

13 Feb 2019, 09:30 UTC
Pathway to Pluto
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I am not usually a fan of knowing the ending to a story before I have read it. But despite the globally publicized and incredible outcome of one of the most celebrated NASA missions in recent years, Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto by Alan Stern and David Grinspoon, is a thrilling tale of how this huge success came to be. In the summer of 2015, more than three billion miles from Earth and after a 9.5-year journey, New Horizons – the fastest spacecraft ever to leave our planet – screamed past the dwarf-planet Pluto and its moon Charon, finally unveiling these far-away icy worlds that have long evaded our Earth-bound cameras.
Unlike nearly every other popular-science book, Chasing New Horizons is written and reads like a novel. The easy, comfortable and accessible language draws you into the life story of Alan Stern, the not-always-fearless leader of the NASA mission, as told by his friend and formidable astrobiologist David Grinspoon. Grinspoon was peripherally involved with the mission itself, but acts as the book’s narrator, sharing the story from the perspective of Stern as told to him through phone conversations the two had every Saturday morning for ...

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