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Chasing New Horizons

Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto
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This audiobook is the up-close inside story of the greatest space exploration project of our time, New Horizons’ mission to Pluto, as shared with David Grinspoon by mission leader Alan Stern and other key players. 

On July 14, 2015, something amazing happened. More than three billion miles from Earth, a small NASA spacecraft called New Horizons screamed past Pluto at more than 32,000 miles per hour, focusing its instruments on the long-mysterious icy worlds of the Pluto system, and then, just as quickly, continued on its journey out into the beyond. Nothing like this has occurred in a generation - a raw exploration of new worlds unparalleled since NASA’s Voyager missions to Uranus and Neptune - and nothing quite like it is planned to happen ever again. 

The photos that New Horizons sent back to Earth graced the front pages of newspapers on all seven continents, and NASA’s website for the mission received more than two billion hits in the days surrounding the flyby. At a time when so many think that our most historic achievements are in the past, the most distant planetary exploration ever attempted not only succeeded in 2015 but made history and captured the world’s imagination. How did this happen? 

Chasing New Horizons is the story of the men and women behind this amazing mission: of their decades-long commitment and persistence; of the political fights within and outside of NASA; of the sheer human ingenuity it took to design, build, and fly the mission; and of the plans for New Horizons’ next encounter, one billion miles past Pluto in 2019. Told from the insider’s perspective of mission leader Dr. Alan Stern and others on New Horizons, Chasing New Horizons is a riveting story of scientific discovery and of how much we humans can achieve when people focused on a dream work together toward their incredible goal.

©2018 Alan Stern and David Grinspooon (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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  • Stuff Reviewer
  • 19/06/2018

Great Topic ... not great coverage

The good...First let me say I love the topic of this book. The achievement that the New Horizon's team made was a great one. Low budget outer planet mission that was on budget and that accomplished the great majority, if not all, of their objectives. The description of the mission planning was great. The trade offs they had to make, again great. Just wish that part of the book was longer.

The interesting....The story of the long and winding road to get the mission off the ground. However it was too much of the book, more than half. The competition with JPL was also interesting and I believe most of what they said was plausible but they actually provided very little proof that JPL was working behind the scenes to sabatoge their mission. Also they seemed to have no qualms about using behind the scenes political shinanigans when it benefitted their cause.

The bad...parts of the book were over the top. Comparing path to getting the mission approved to the Battan Death March... REALLY!That was just ignorant. I understand that this was their story and passion but there was not even an attempt to be take into account other opinions. Constantly comparing their accomplishments to Voyager and Apollo actually seemed like grand standing and just plain repatitive. How many times did they mention that the mission cost 1/5 as much as Voyager and that they had instruments that were so much better. You launched more than a quarter century after Voyager after all the technological advancements is it really that surprising that you had better instruments and a much lighter spacecraft? Mentioning it once or twice would have been fine but over and over? The underdog angle was over done. The public's enthusiasm was also over emphasized. Yes, they were able to take advantage of social media but then again cats playing the pianio have millions of views too.

For me the worst part we that the book was very light on technical details.


Overall it was not bad book but it could have been so much better and befitting of the accomplishments that they actually acchieved instead of trying to elivate their accomplishments to an almost absurd level.

But that's just one person's opinion.

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  • Kirk
  • 19/05/2018

Good story little science

This book tells the story of the effort to explore the Dwarf Planet Pluto. It is successful in doing so however I had hoped for much more on the actual science undertaken. I learn a lot about the backstory but little on the Pluto itself.

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  • J. Robins
  • 26/05/2018

Take this amazing story with a grain of salt

The story of the New Horizons spacecraft is an epic one, fraught with near misses and brushes with death all along its path. The exploration of Pluto is a moment I will remember until I die. While the story is a must hear, be wary that this perspective is from its champion, Alan Stern, who necessarily tells it in perhaps a more dramatic and self-serving way than may be true. Nonetheless, authors' biases aside, this is a great story and I would recommend it to anyone.

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  • Maryland Girl
  • 17/01/2020

amazing perseverance!

Very inspiring battle against great odds. The team persevered and attained their goal and more.

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  • monkeyboy
  • 12/12/2019

captivating

very interesting story. I had some idea how much was involved but this explore the whole story in depth

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21/11/2019

great book highly recommend!!!!

such a good book. I know Alan personally and this is a great way to get a InSight to what he had to gi through to make new horizons a reality!

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  • Christopher
  • 13/11/2019

Cool story, but more Pluto please

If you are a fan of political intrigue and drama, the story of how the New Horizons mission to Pluto came about is a fascinating read, though one ought perhaps to consider the authors' links to the team when analyzing the veracity of the story as told. The story i, in fact, well told, and I got to feel some of the triumph that they felt as each obstacle, whether technical or bureaucratic was overcome.
My only problem with the book is that I wanted more about the actual science. The mission is fascinating as a process story; the science is fascinating on its own. It may be that the work was still so preliminary as of the writing of the book that they didn't feel they had enough to include more.
So, TL/DR if you like process stories about Washington, this is great. IF you like books about science, this may leave you a little thirsty for more.

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  • mr kieran j murphy
  • 05/11/2019

a really interesting back story

we all have seen the pictures from new horizons but to know how the space craft ended up at Pluto is fascinating and worth the listen.

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  • SusanM
  • 23/07/2019

Very inspirational

Great story for anyone interested in space or just looking for a fascinatingunderdog story! I loved it!

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  • Andrew Rader
  • 30/01/2019

Enlightening behind the scenes look

Wonderful behind the scenes look at humanity's first mission to Pluto. I knew about the 2015 flyby but I didn't know how much of a fight went into lobbying for the mission in the halls of NASA. I especially found it interesting how the scientists tried to balance technical relevance with basic exploratory goals. Recommend for any space enthusiast.

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  • Amazon-Kunde
  • 08/12/2019

Awesome Adventure <br />

Best Space Mission ever, How they really Made history. Please give humanity more oft These.

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  • Isaac Asimov
  • 02/09/2019

Reales Weltraumabenteuer

Wer wirklich einmal aus erster Hand erfahren will, wie die Erforschung des Weltalls mit Raumfahrt funktioniert, dem sei dieses Buch empfohlen. Planung, Hoffnung, Rückschläge und Triumphe, Technik, Erkenntnis, Teamwork und Freude, das alles wird über die New Horizon Mission zum Pluto erzählt, mitreißend und kenntnisreich gelesen.
Man fühlt sich, als wäre man dabei und wünscht sich mehr.
An einem Wochenende durchgehört.

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  • MadameCherie
  • 16/02/2019

Amazing story

The passion and determination that the New Horizons team showed to get the idea into a mission and execute it perfectly is a true inspiration to all of us!! This book is just amazing.