The Year of Pluto – New Horizons Documentary Brings Humanity Closer to the Edge of the Solar System

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New Horizons is the first mission to the Kuiper Belt, a gigantic zone of icy bodies and mysterious small objects orbiting beyond Neptune. This region also is known as the “third” zone of our solar system, beyond the inner rocky planets and outer gas giants. Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Maryland, designed, built and operates the New Horizons spacecraft, and manages the mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The Year of Pluto – NASA New Horizons is a one hour documentary which takes on the hard science and gives us answers to how the mission came about and why it matters. Interviews with Dr. James Green, John Spencer, Fran Bagenal, Mark Showalter and others share how New Horizons will answer many questions. New Horizons is part of the New Frontiers Program, managed by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

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  1. Being an American "child of the 50's" I think I was born at the perfect time!  Sputnik went up the month before I was born and I followed the Astronauts and their Missions throughout Childhood, culminating with the Moon Landings when I was 12.  Now I've worked for an Aerospace plant for 35+ years and our Company has had parts on ALL space missions from Mercury Program through every Shuttle Mission.  As for Space Exploration I may have been born at the best times we may ever see, even if we go "Inter-Stellar" after I'm gone.  I hope to live long enough for us to fully explore the Oort Cloud which will be terrific compared to Pluto "being the edge of the Solar System" when I was born.  Thanks to NASA and ALL Nations with Space Programs!!

  2. If you attempt to Navigate a Space Vehicle like this one to fly at precise speeds and VERY precise trajectories to use the associated G forces provided by Jupiter and THEN to actually rendezvous with Pluto so precisely is a "Math Problem" that no one man could possibly do.  It must have taken a Team of PhD's with Mathematics and Physics' Degrees just to do the Navigation alone.  I honestly think that the Navigation was harder than designing and building the actual Craft.  Mankind is truly amazing!  99.99% of Men and Women couldn't even comprehend the Mathematics of such a precise Navigational Problem.  Imagine if YOUR Math Professor assigned you a weekend homework problem to send a craft to one of the Moons of Saturn!  Incredible Mathematics and mind numbing to the average Human…

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