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New Horizons: The First Mission to the Pluto System and the Kuiper Belt

Pasadena, California

After sailing across the solar system for over nine years, on July 14th NASA’s New Horizons will finally have its close encounter with Pluto. Even though images won’t be available for a few days after the flyby, fans around the world will gather to hear news from the spacecraft as it approaches the dwarf planet and its companions. Join us as The Planetary Society’s Mat Kaplan talks with New Horizons scientists and Pluto-watchers as we monitor the Applied Physics Lab’s live webcast, broadcast from Maryland. Mat’s guests for Planetary Radio LIVE on the Crawford Family Forum stage will be:

  • Dr. Jim Bell, President of The Planetary Society, Mars explorer, and author of “Postcards from Mars” and “The Space Book.” Jim has a main belt asteroid named after him. 
  • Dr. Bruce Betts, Director of Science and Technology for The Planetary Society
  • A special space exploration guest

We’ll also check in live via Skype with our correspondents from the scene at the Applied Physics Lab:

Be part of history and don’t miss this historic milestone in the exploration of our solar system!  

NASA on the New Horizons mission:

The New Horizons mission will help us understand worlds at the edge of our solar system by making the first reconnaissance of the dwarf planet Pluto and by venturing deeper into the distant, mysterious Kuiper Belt – a relic of solar system formation.

New Horizons launched on Jan. 19, 2006; it swung past Jupiter for a gravity boost and scientific studies in February 2007, and will conduct a five-month-long reconnaissance flyby study of Pluto and its moons in summer 2015. Pluto closest approach is scheduled for July 14, 2015. As part of an extended mission, the spacecraft is expected to head farther into the Kuiper Belt to examine one or two of the ancient, icy mini-worlds in that vast region, at least a billion miles beyond Neptune’s orbit.

Sending a spacecraft on this long journey will help us answer basic questions about the surface properties, geology, interior makeup and atmospheres on these bodies.

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Details

New Horizons: The First Mission to the Pluto System and the Kuiper Belt
July 14, 2015, 5:00-6:30pm
The Crawford Family Forum
474 S. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, California 91105


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After sailing across the solar system for over nine years, on July 14th NASA’s New Horizons will finally have its close encounter with Pluto. Even though images won’t be available for a few days after the flyby, fans around the world will gather to hear news from the spacecraft as it approaches the dwarf planet and its companions. Join us as The Planetary Society’s Mat Kaplan talks with New Horizons scientists and Pluto-watchers as we monitor the Applied Physics Lab’s live webcast, broadcast from Maryland.
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