Monday, April 8
Doors: 6:30 PM
Showtime: 7:00 PM
Chautauqua Community HouseSold Out
New Horizons was NASA’s first mission to explore Pluto, and it continues to explore the outer reaches of our solar system today. It is traveling through the Kuiper Belt, a region past Neptune populated with small icy bodies, the remnants of solar system formation. On January 1, 2019, this small spacecraft will fly past one of these small icy bodies that was discovered in 2014, provisionally called 2014 MU69.
Learn about NASA’s New Horizons mission in a presentation about the most distant flyby ever completed. Encounter objectives include high-resolution imaging, compositional mapping, stereo imaging, satellite and ring searches, coma searches and more.
Speaker: Cathy Olkin is a planetary scientist at Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Her main topic of research is the outer solar system, specifically planetary atmospheres and surfaces. She is the Deputy Project Scientist for NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Deputy Principal Investigator for NASA’s Lucy mission.
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