The Journey to Pluto and Beyond

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Jim Adams, NASA (retired)

Is Pluto a planet, a Kuiper belt object or a dwarf planet? Launched in 2006 to find out, the New Horizons probe was sent on a 9-year trek across the solar system to gather data from one of the most endeared and debated bodies in our solar system. After a gravity assist at Jupiter the tiny spacecraft gained enough extra speed to arrive at Pluto in July 2015. Because of the distance (5 billion kilometers) the massive amount of data collected from the fly-by has just been fully returned. The spectacular images have stunned even the planetary scientists working on the mission. What have they learned about the enigmatic Pluto? Where to next and what does the future hold for the tiny probe? Join NASA Deputy Chief Technologist (Retired), Jim Adams, to find out

 

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