Alan Stern


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“There is a phrase from World War I describing warfare as “months of boredom punctuated by moments of terror.” The same applies to long spacecraft missions. And it was a long and frankly terrifying hour as they awaited the hoped-for signal to return from New Horizons.”
Alan Stern, Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto

“The ubiquity of New Horizons and Pluto on the web, and the number of people sharing in New Horizons events around the globe, gave this flyby an entirely new kind of feel. The world had changed since Voyager, with so many new forms of communication and participation. Thanks to that, the New Horizons mission felt in many ways like the first truly twenty-first-century planetary encounter. Consider: with Voyager, to participate fully you had to be in just the right place—specifically, at JPL—at just the right time—on flyby day. For New Horizons you didn’t need to be there; the flyby was everywhere simultaneously. The events at APL, the imagery from Pluto—everything that reached Earth—went onto the internet “for all mankind,” as it were.”
Alan Stern, Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto

“Twenty-six years had elapsed between that first fateful meeting to discuss the idea of going to Pluto with NASA in May of 1989, and that summer in 2015 when the exploration of Pluto was accomplished. People who were not even born when it started were moved by it in ways that no one had imagined when the quest began. History was made. New knowledge was created. A nation was reminded it can achieve greatness. And a world was reminded that we humans, we Earthlings—really can accomplish amazing things.”
Alan Stern, Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto

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