New Horizons: The Long Road To Pluto

New Horizons:  The Long Road To Pluto

In July 2015, the New Horizons mission gave us our first detailed view of the amazing Pluto system after a 9.5 year journey from Earth.  This talk will tell the story of how the mission came into being, the design of the spacecraft and its instruments, and the long journey from Earth to Jupiter and on to Pluto, culminating in the first close-up views of Pluto that captured the attention of the world last summer.


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.