In July of 2015 a robotic spacecraft reached Pluto after a nine-and-half-year journey. New Horizons is the first spacecraft mission to Pluto and revealed its five moons as never before seen. Images from the mission show a reddish surface covered in ice-water mountains, moving glaciers, and hints of possible ice volcanoes and an underground ocean. Pluto is geologically alive and changing!
This addition to the Scientists in the Field series goes where no person or spacecraft has ever gone before. Follow along with the team of scientists as they build New Horizons, fly it across the solar system, and make new discoveries about a world three billion miles away.
In this entry in the Scientists in the Field series, Carson and Uhlman trace the efforts of NASA scientist Alan Stern and his team as they sent the spacecraft New Horizons to Pluto. The narrative opens in July 2015, just as the first images of the dwarf planet were unveiled. Carson then backtracks to explore the path that led to this feat, including Clyde Tombaugh's 1930 discovery of Pluto, campaigns to mount a Pluto mission, and how the New Horizons project took shape. Carson maintains a thrilling sense of immediacy, bolstered by Uhlman's on-the-scene photos and, of course, New Horizon's dramatic images of Pluto and its fellow residents of the Kuiper belt. Ages 10 12.