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

  • Dan
    Jan 02, 2019
    Narrative about the challenges and great success of the first mission to Pluto. I learned a lot and enjoyed hearing the whole story. In an amazing coincidence, I finished reading it right as the spacecraft passed its next target, Ultima Thule, on New Year's Eve! (I promise I did not pl...
  • Anna Mcallister
    Feb 03, 2019
    While I did feel like an idiot while reading this book because of all the things I feel like I should have known but didn?t.... (have I been under a rock when it comes to things happening in space exploration? Apparently, yes, I have) I really enjoyed this book and learning about the...
  • Chris
    Aug 11, 2018
    Excellent and fun book, really showing how planetary exploration missions happen. I would recommend this to anyone interested in space exploration, including high schoolers and college students. ...
  • vonblubba
    Oct 31, 2018
    I always thought that the most difficult part of a space mission was the technical one. Building a machine that could travel millions of kilometers during a decade or more without blowing up. After reading this book, I believe I was probably wrong. The hard part is the political one, ...
  • Todd Martin
    Sep 22, 2018
    New Horizons is a space probe launched by NASA in 2006. Its mission was to perform a fly-by of Pluto nine years later, with the primary objective of: ? Characterizing the geology and morphology of Pluto and its moon Charon ? Mapping the chemical compositions of Pluto and Char...
  • Carlos
    Nov 24, 2018
    I?m very glad I read this book, it really chronicles how the movement to explore Pluto began 20 years ago and how it was a struggle to finally be able to launch a rocket to explore it and how the result of exploring Pluto launched a fervor in humankind about planet exploration and ho...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • Kam Yung Soh
    Dec 26, 2018
    An excellent book about the mission to explore Pluto. Starting with the initial desire of Alan Stern to explore Pluto, the book then looks at the bureaucratic, political and technological hurdles the New Horizons mission had to overcome before being built and launched, followed by the ...
  • Nabila
    May 21, 2018
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  • Jake
    Jan 03, 2019
    Some good NASA gossip and recalcitrant pioneer attitudes on display here. Loses a star for no substantial information on the probe itself or Pluto for that matter. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Ken Hamner
    Oct 11, 2018
    Great book.....provides a perfect example of how great things require great commitment of time, energy, resilience, and resources, all of which make great rewards possible. ...
  • Nevena
    Dec 25, 2018
    <3 ...
  • Jordan Ricks
    Jun 11, 2018
    Inspiring and interesting. I highly recommend The Interstellar Age by Jim Bell as a companion piece. ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • Hen
    Sep 18, 2018
    An excellent book on the Pluto system (the outermost planet in oursolar system) and the New Horizons mission that was the first to explore it in 2015, after a 9 year transit from earth, with a flyby of 7 scientific instruments. Brings out the heroic persistence needed over decades ...
  • Jai
    Dec 27, 2018
    an interesting mission, but told in stilted & occasionally unnecessarily dull narration. ...
  • 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...
  • Veronika
    Aug 17, 2018
    This was a great ride! Interesting front seat view of Alan Stern, the behind the scene mechanics of space launch and live long quest to discovery. I am a Pluto fan, so this was a nice book to read. ...
  • 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...
  • Val
    Sep 29, 2018
    After reading several excellent books this year about historic manned space missions, this book was an interesting change of pace. I had never read a book about an unmanned space exploration mission, and I had some initial concern that maybe it wouldn't be as intensely interesting as h...
  • James C
    Sep 29, 2018
    Listened to the audiobook, which was fairly well narrated by the authors. Definitely a worthwhile read for space geeks. The story is fascinating on at least two levels. First, the 17 years of bureaucratic maneuvering and politics that preceded the launch of the New Horizons spacecraft ...
  • Ben Truong
    Nov 22, 2018
    Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto is a behind the scene and historical documentary of the New Horizons Project from its inception to its historic flyby decades later. This book explores all the ebbs and flow of trying to convince N.A.S.A. of the mission to th...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...