The journey to Pluto, the farthest world ever explored – Alan Stern



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As of 1989, mankind had successfully sent craft to every known planet in the solar system except one: Pluto. Located in an mysterious region called the Kuiper Belt, Pluto is a scientific goldmine, and could hold clues to the formation of our solar system. Alan Stern explains how NASA’s New Horizons mission is going to allow us to see Pluto for the first time.

Lesson by Alan Stern, animation by Eoin Duffy.

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  1. For more on this fascinating topic, check out Dr. Alan Stern's book: http://bit.ly/2LavHDK! From our Book Rec page: "Chasing New Horizons is my new favorite non-fiction book. Much of it reads like The Martian, but it is 10 times more exciting because it actually happened."

  2. 2 questions:

    1. What about the voyager? Didn't it just wander off in space?

    2. When the spacecraft gets to the next destination, what are the odds that when it gets there, elon is already selling slurpees in mars?

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