Monday, December 15
Showtime: 7:00 PM
Chautauqua Community HouseSold Out
New Horizons is NASA’s mission to explore the Pluto system and explore the frontier of our solar system including the Kuiper Belt. The spacecraft, launched January 19, 2006, will begin its encounter studies of Pluto in early 2015, culminating on July 14, 2015 with a close approach just 12,500 km from Pluto.
The spacecraft carries sophisticated panchromatic and color imagers, IR and UV mapping spectrometers, a radio science package, two in situ plasma instruments and a dust counter.
About the Speaker:
Dr. S. Alan Stern will describe the history of this mission, the science behind it, the capabilities of the spacecraft and payload, the plans for our encounter with planet Pluto and briefly outline the extended mission NASA hopes to fly across the Kuiper Belt.
Dr. Stern is a planetary scientist, space program executive, aerospace consultant and author. In 2007, he was named to the Time 100 and was appointed NASA’s chief of all science missions. Dr. Stern is the Principal Investigator (PI) of NASA’s $727M New Horizon’s mission to reconnoiter Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. He is also the PI of two instruments aboard New Horizons, the Alice UV spectrometer and the Ralph Visible Imager/IR Spectrometer.
Since 2009, he has been an Associate Vice President at the Southwest Research Institute. Additionally, from 2008-2012 he served on the board of directors of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, and from 2011-2013 he served as the Director of the Florida Space Institute. Dr. Stern also served as the Chief Scientist and Mission Architect for the Moon Express Google Lunar X-Prize Team from 2010-2013.