New Horizons: Pluto Revealed

New Horizons: Pluto Revealed

The New Horizons spacecraft has been beaming remarkable images and other data on Pluto and its moons back to Earth in the months following its historic July 2015 flyby, and team scientists have been working hard to make sense of the raw data.  They are learning that Pluto is an active world unlike any other in the solar system, with rugged ice mountains, vast nitrogen plains, and a retinue of peculiar moons.  The talk will showcase these latest mission results and what they mean for our understanding of Pluto, and the outer solar system, and will look ahead to New Horizons' continuing mission into the Kuiper Belt.

 

About John sPENCER

John Spencer grew up in  Colne, Lancashire, and obtained a BA in Geology from the University of Cambridge in 1978.  After moving to the USA, he obtained his PhD in Planetary Sciences at the University of Arizona in 1987.  He then worked at the University of Hawaii and Lowell Observatory in Arizona (where Pluto was discovered), before joining Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado in 2004.  He has served on the science teams of the Galileo Jupiter Orbiter and Cassini Saturn Orbiter, and is deputy leader of the geology and geophysics team on the New Horizons Pluto mission.