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This audiobook is the up-close inside story of the greatest space exploration project of our time, New Horizons’ mission to Pluto, as shared with David Grinspoon by mission leader Alan Stern and other key players. 

On July 14, 2015, something amazing happened. More than three billion miles from Earth, a small NASA spacecraft called New Horizons screamed past Pluto at more than 32,000 miles per hour, focusing its instruments on the long-mysterious icy worlds of the Pluto system, and then, just as quickly, continued on its journey out into the beyond. Nothing like this has occurred in a generation - a raw exploration of new worlds unparalleled since NASA’s Voyager missions to Uranus and Neptune - and nothing quite like it is planned to happen ever again. 

The photos that New Horizons sent back to Earth graced the front pages of newspapers on all seven continents, and NASA’s website for the mission received more than two billion hits in the days surrounding the flyby. At a time when so many think that our most historic achievements are in the past, the most distant planetary exploration ever attempted not only succeeded in 2015 but made history and captured the world’s imagination. How did this happen? 

Chasing New Horizons is the story of the men and women behind this amazing mission: of their decades-long commitment and persistence; of the political fights within and outside of NASA; of the sheer human ingenuity it took to design, build, and fly the mission; and of the plans for New Horizons’ next encounter, one billion miles past Pluto in 2019. Told from the insider’s perspective of mission leader Dr. Alan Stern and others on New Horizons, Chasing New Horizons is a riveting story of scientific discovery and of how much we humans can achieve when people focused on a dream work together toward their incredible goal.

©2018 Alan Stern and David Grinspooon (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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Good story little science

This book tells the story of the effort to explore the Dwarf Planet Pluto. It is successful in doing so however I had hoped for much more on the actual science undertaken. I learn a lot about the backstory but little on the Pluto itself.

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So much more than can be expected

Enjoyable, enlightening, and hard to stop listening to it. one of the "Just Buy it if you are even thinking about it"

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Fascinating, gripping scientific adventure tale - must read or listen!

This is truly an unbelievable story but the results and pictures are available for anyone to marvel at. Truly, even though you know the mission was a smashing success you are on the edge of your seat through endless political, funding, and technical challenges that make your head spin. And the writing - and reading - is just brilliant. Recommended for anyone who is interested in...well just about anything!

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  • Benji
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  • 05-06-18

Brings you into the excitement

From the first page, Chasing New Horizons brings you into the excitement of blasting off from Cape Canaveral. Being in the Mission Operations Center ten days before getting to Pluto with the team seeing the ominous “OUT OF LOCK” message. Losing contact with the spacecraft with hardly time to recover. It is a thrilling ride, a real page turner, that is accessible for non-plantetary scientists while giving enough technical detail to pull in nerds like me.

Listening to the audio version brings the intensity of each step even more spectacularly to life. I couldn't resist buying both. Hearing in the authors' voices in their first hand account the trials makes their persistence and drive past the boulder size hurdles even more impressive than the huge achievement of making it to the outer solar system.

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Unbelievable epic exploration expedition

Really inspiring story about the relentless and determined Pluto enthusiastic scientists to start the epic journey to explore Pluto. also, glimpses of the sometimes tormenting, extremely cautious planning and execution of a day of scientific exploration flyby as the culmination of a 25 year dream

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  • andrew william jones
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Fascinating insights into the New Horizons journey

This book gives a great insight into the battles a deep space mission faces in getting off the drawing board and into space - and the ones that arise once in the void. The technical and political aspects of the development of New Horizons are fascinating, and you come away with a sense of wonder as to how the mission made it launch, never mind the brilliant science it carried out. The narration is a bit flat, but the story carries itself. Looking forward to learning about the mission's next target - 2014 MU69 - at the dawn of 2019.