Alan Stern at Antigone Books
Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto
In 2006, NASA launched the interplanetary space probe New Horizons in a project led by engineer and planetary scientist Alan Stern. The spacecraft would travel over three billion miles from earth, made possible by over two decades of work by a legion of devoted scientists. Despite readers’ awareness of their ultimate success, Stern and co-author David Grinspoon manage to make the mission’s many technical and bureaucratic roadblocks into a thrilling narrative. The team’s diligence and creativity paid off spectacularly when, in 2015, New Horizons flew by Pluto at 32,000 miles per hour and transmitted spectacular images back to Earth, reawakening a dormant public fascination with space exploration and dramatically increasing scientific knowledge.