New Horizons:  the voyage to Pluto

New Horizons:  The voyage to pluto

New Horizons is the first mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt, the region of ancient, icy, rocky bodies beyond the orbit of Neptune. Alice Bowman, the New Horizons Mission Operations Manager (MOM), will talk about the voyage of NASA's historic mission to Pluto - which culminated with the first flight past the distant dwarf planet on 14 July 2015. She'll speak about this decade-long journey through the eyes of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory mission operations team, describing the technical challenges of piloting a small spacecraft across 3 billion miles toward a one-shot, no-second-chance encounter. Her team itself was part of history, operating a spacecraft that had to travel longer and farther than any mission ever to reach its main target.  

 

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About ALICE BOWMAN

Alice Bowman is a member of the Principal Professional Staff at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland. She leads APL's Space Mission Operations Group, supervising approximately 44 staff who operate deep-space and Earth-orbiting spacecraft.  Additionally, she serves as Mission Operations Manager (MOM) for NASA's New Horizons mission. Ms. Bowman's experience includes national defense space operations, systems engineering, program management, engineering management, space systems and space instrument development and deployment. Ms. Bowman holds a bachelor's degree in physics and chemistry from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.  She is a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and has served on the International SpaceOps Committee since 2009. 

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