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Alan Stern

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Alan Stern and the Rise of Pluto

05/12/2015 | 28:50
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Humankind’s arrival at Pluto is barely two months away. The science and images have already started to flow from New Horizons, according to the mission’s Principal Investigator, Alan Stern. Alan returns to Planetary Radio this week.

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Pluto Science, on the Surface

Posted 2015/02/27 02:39 CST | 5 comments

New Horizons' Principal Investigator Alan Stern gives an update on the mission's progress toward Pluto.

New Horizons: Late in Cruise, and a Binary Ahoy

Posted 2013/08/24 09:16 CDT | 2 comments

New Horizons has just completed a summer of intensive activities and entered hibernation on Aug. 20. The routine parts of the activities included thorough checkouts of all our backup systems (result: they work fine!) and of all our scientific instruments (they work fine too!).

New Horizons: Encounter Planning Accelerates

Posted 2013/05/17 10:18 CDT | 4 comments

Back in 2005 and 2006, when Pluto’s second and third moons (Nix and Hydra) were discovered, searches by astronomers for still more moons didn’t reveal any. So the accidental discovery of Pluto’s fourth moon by the Hubble Space Telescope in mid-2011 raised the possibility that the hazards in the Pluto system might be greater than previously anticipated.

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