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31st of July 2017
ATNF Colloquium
The Exploration of Pluto by NASA’s New Horizons
by Alan Stern and Michael Vincent (NASA New Horizons Southwest Research Institute)
Abstract. New Horizons is NASA’s mission to explore Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. After a dramatic, 26-year effort to develop and fly the mission, New Horizons made the first exploration of Pluto in July of 2015. We will recount the history of the mission, its historic encounter with planet Pluto, the major scientific discoveries made to date, the viral public reaction to this exploration, and the mission’s future plans for its extended mission to explore the Kuiper Belt and its next flyby in 2019.

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