Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto

Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto

Alan Stern and David Grinspoon take us behind the scenes of the science, politics, egos, and public expectations that fueled the greatest space mission of our time: New Horizons' misison to Pluto. On July 14, 2015, something amazing happened. More than 3 billion miles from Earth, a small NASA spacecraft called New Horizons screamed past Pluto at more than 32,000 miles per h Alan Stern and David Grinspoon take us behind the scenes of the science, politics, egos, and public expectations that...

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Title:Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto
Author:Alan Stern
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Genres:Science
ISBN:1250098963
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto Reviews

  • AJ
    May 24, 2018
    A really fascinating look into the behind-the-scenes of a NASA planetary exploration project. This book goes through the science, the politics, and the personality behind getting a mission like this funded and executed. None of it is trivial. I very much appreciated how many women scie...
  • Alvin
    Jun 16, 2018
    A good read. Chasing New Horizons is broken up into two main parts, the "ground game" about getting the mission organized, funded and prioritized over 12 or so years, and the space mission itself. I learned new insights into how the mission software is configured (on the fly while the ...
  • David Agranoff
    Jun 21, 2018
    One the hottest debates in the space nerd community over the last couple years surrounds the little planet Pluto. Out at the far reaches of our solar system Pluto has only been known to our science since the 1930's when Clyde Tombaugh using math and an analog telescope proved that ther...
  • Steve
    Jun 19, 2018
    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Every once in a while, I wonder where I would have ended up had I stayed at Ohio State instead of joining the Air Force in the mid-80s. My major was astronomy, with a minor in physics, topics which still fascinate...
  • Fraser Kinnear
    May 30, 2018
    Another great book about a NASA probe. While the one I read about Voyager was probably objectively more interesting, due to the broader scope of the project, I have a closer personal connection to New Horizions because I followed the mission in real time. Perhaps most interesting f...
  • Scott Martin
    Jul 08, 2018
    This was a fascinating read about one of the most extraordinary scientific achievements in recent years, when the New Horizons probe visited Pluto for the first time. The press coverage and the photos were incredible, and for a short while, it renewed interest in our solar system and d...
  • Cherei
    Apr 30, 2018
    Fascinating insider's experience from the mission conception to reaching Pluto! I totally enjoyed reading 'Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto' by Alan Stern. I learned so much about NASA and how missions come about within the committee red-tape. They managed t...
  • Bryan
    May 16, 2018
    Loved learning about the work it took to get to Pluto! Very cool book. ...
  • Nabila
    May 21, 2018
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  • Rohit
    Jun 10, 2018
    I just finished reading Chasing New Horizons. It was an exciting ride-from the discovery of pluto to its successful exploration. Many times I felt as if I were in the mission control at APL and witnessing the drama unfold. Brilliant book. The authors mention the phrase 'larger than...
  • Stuart Rodriguez
    Apr 06, 2018
    In July 2015, the New Horizons space probe reached Pluto after a 10-year voyage and sent back the first clear pictures of our Solar System?s outermost neighbor. This is the inside story of how it happened, written by the scientists involved?but you don?t need to be an astronomer ...
  • Jordan Ricks
    Jun 11, 2018
    Inspiring and interesting. I highly recommend The Interstellar Age by Jim Bell as a companion piece. ...
  • Scott Kardel
    May 12, 2018
    Chasing New Horizons is the tale of how the New Horizons mission to Pluto came about and was flown. It wonderfully shows off just how difficult the mission was to pull off, not just technically, but in dealing with financial and bureaucratic challenges too. I very much enjoyed this his...
  • Dave Carden
    May 28, 2018
    A fascinating insider?s tale of this generation?s greatest exploration mission. Alan Stern gives a front row seat view of the incredible feats it took to fly a probe to Pluto, including years of jumping through NASA hoops and tense days of frantic recovery efforts - while enduring ...
  • E.
    Jul 10, 2018
    What a great read! This book charted the long (and often times seemingly hopeless) journey of getting a mission to Pluto. This book truly provided an amazing behind the scene look, and I was absolutely riveted by the battle between the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) and the Applied Physics L...
  • Bob Walenski
    Jun 29, 2018
    What an incredible story!!! it took 26 years of practical and scientific work to take an idea to its completion. I never realized how difficult and complicated scientific research ventures are, or how frustrating or seemingly impossible they are to accomplish. The joy and Scientifi...
  • Nestor Rychtyckyj
    May 28, 2018
    This is one of the more inspirational books that I have read this year ? it describes the mission to reach and explore the planet Pluto. I am a big fan of space exploration and quickly snapped this book up and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The authors frequently compare their explor...
  • Justin
    Jun 01, 2018
    A fantasticly detailed and highly readable account of mankind's journey to the last planet and the vision and tenacity that made it happen. ...
  • Greenmantis
    May 21, 2018
    Chasing New Horizons could be so much more but instead is a laundry list of names, and places and an almost ad nauseam self-congratulation from beginning till the very end. The authors decide to describe in excruciating detail their plight to build the probe while writing very littl...
  • Lissa
    Apr 30, 2018
    The recent excitement about space has sent me on a quest to devour all of the books about the subject currently being published. This one follows the proposal, development and travel of the New Horizons ship that initiated the first flyby of Pluto. Managing to be both full of science y...
  • Mishehu
    May 15, 2018
    Exploring the cosmos? Need assistance? Sign me up! Wow, to have been part of this or similar ventures! Grinspoon (who witnessed a lot of the action unfold) and Stern (who was at the very center of the action) do a superb job of telling the story of the New Horizons expedition to Pluto....
  • Steve
    May 26, 2018
    Now, let me state up front that these type of books, chronocling scientific research, or events, are hard to write. It's very hard to write a book that can convey a level of excitement and emotion for an event that happened in the past, in which we technically know the outcome, general...
  • Matt
    May 14, 2018
    A fascinating dive into the history of the New Horizons mission to Pluto. How it was conceived, planned, executed and much more. It?s a very interesting and engaging read and I found myself wishing I had been part of the mission team too. It is a book charting the history of Plut...
  • Dan Ust
    Jun 01, 2018
    Detailed story of how the project came about and was executed. I find this story intrinsically interesting, especially on how problems were dealt with as they arose. Don?t expect as much on Pluto; this is mainly about the spacecraft itself. By the way, sometimes they cram too much...
  • Mark Yates
    Jun 15, 2018
    My first impulse was to award this book five stars. As I am thoroughly impressed with the project and the people who made it happen. It tells an impressive story of patience and persistence that stretched over a quarter century and an entire career. We get a great behind the scenes...
  • Kannan
    May 23, 2018
    'Chasing New Horizons' is the best book I've read all year. It balances the matter-of-fact tone a science book requires, with a heart that inspires you. It tells you about the science and hard work that went into the project, while giving you a feel of the extraordinary human accomplis...
  • Bill Pellerin
    May 28, 2018
    This book is only going to appeal to space geeks (like me). I had the opportunity to hear Alan Stern give a presentation on the New Horizons mission some months ago, and it's an interesting story. The book begins with a short chapter about the loss of communication with the spacecraft ...
  • Brian McGrane
    Jun 29, 2018
    It's an amazing story that was quite gripping at times, and I recommend the book. The audiobook narrator (one of the authors) is horrendous and they should have gotten a pro reader. It works best if you can play it at 1.25X speed. Alan, the mission PI, is a little too egotistical, sent...
  • Mattr76
    Jun 08, 2018
    This fascinating book recounts the odyssey of sending the first mission to Pluto, most of which occurred before the the spacecraft ever left the launchpad. That Alan Stern and his team navigated the hazardous waters of NASA mission funding, fraught with political intrigue, hostile fief...
  • nukie19
    Apr 28, 2018
    As a lifelong space geek, I wanted so badly to absolutely love this book and read about the Pluto mission. However, while the subject was so fantastically interesting, the writing left something to be desired. The first half of the book - before the mission launched into space - reads ...