Chasing New Horizons by Alan Stern

Chasing New Horizons

Alan Stern and David Grinspoon take us behind the scenes of the science, politics, egos, and public expectations that fueled the greatest space mission of our time: New Horizons' misison to Pluto.On July 14, 2015, something amazing happened. More than 3 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 Plut...


Details Chasing New Horizons

TitleChasing New Horizons
ISBN9781250098962
Author
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherPicador
GenreScience, Nonfiction, Space, Astronomy, History
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Reviews Chasing New Horizons

  • Stuart Rodriguez
    2018-04-06
    In July 2015, the New Horizons space probe reached Pluto after a 10-year voyage and sent back the first clear pictures of our Solar System’s outermost neighbor. This is the inside story of how it happened, written by the scientists involved—but you don’t need to be an astronomer to enjoy this story. This book is exceptionally easy to read and understand, and provides fantastic insight into what it actually took to get this unlikely space mi...
  • nukie19
    2018-04-28
    As a lifelong space geek, I wanted so badly to absolutely love this book and read about the Pluto mission. However, while the subject was so fantastically interesting, the writing left something to be desired. The first half of the book - before the mission launched into space - reads like just lists of names and job descriptions. And throughout, the switching between third and first person story telling is disjarring, as the layout doesn't alway...
  • Cherei
    2018-04-30
    Fascinating insider's experience from the mission conception to reaching Pluto! I totally enjoyed reading 'Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto' by Alan Stern. I learned so much about NASA and how missions come about within the committee red-tape. They managed to bypass the usual pat on the head to actually getting folks excited about the need to explore the remainder of the planets in our solar system. It is somewhat fasc...
  • Bryan
    2018-05-16
    Loved learning about the work it took to get to Pluto! Very cool book.
  • Justin
    2018-06-01
    A fantasticly detailed and highly readable account of mankind's journey to the last planet and the vision and tenacity that made it happen.
  • Steve
    2018-05-26
    Now, let me state up front that these type of books, chronocling scientific research, or events, are hard to write. It's very hard to write a book that can convey a level of excitement and emotion for an event that happened in the past, in which we technically know the outcome, generally filled with more scientific and beaurecratic dealings and most of all, set over a very very long span of time. Chasing New Horizons I think does and doesn't fall...
  • Nestor Rychtyckyj
    2018-05-28
    This is one of the more inspirational books that I have read this year – it describes the mission to reach and explore the planet Pluto. I am a big fan of space exploration and quickly snapped this book up and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The authors frequently compare their exploration to the great explorers such as Magellan. However, New Horizons was an extremely complex process that included getting funded and approved as well as actually ...
  • Fraser Kinnear
    2018-05-30
    Another great book about a NASA probe. While the one I read about Voyager was probably objectively more interesting, due to the broader scope of the project, I have a closer personal connection to New Horizions because I followed the mission in real time. Perhaps most interesting for me was not the experiments themselves, or even the drama of the flyby (which does give goosebumps), but story of the New Horizons team and APL's fight to keep the pr...
  • Bill Pellerin
    2018-05-28
    This book is only going to appeal to space geeks (like me). I had the opportunity to hear Alan Stern give a presentation on the New Horizons mission some months ago, and it's an interesting story. The book begins with a short chapter about the loss of communication with the spacecraft as it approached Pluto. The subject is put on hold until the end of the book, where, as we all know by now, the problem was resolved and the mission was a great suc...
  • Kannan
    2018-05-23
    'Chasing New Horizons' is the best book I've read all year. It balances the matter-of-fact tone a science book requires, with a heart that inspires you. It tells you about the science and hard work that went into the project, while giving you a feel of the extraordinary human accomplishment that it was.Reading the book really feels like (re)experiencing the moments in the shoes of the great people who were involved in the mission. There were mome...
  • Mishehu
    2018-05-15
    Exploring the cosmos? Need assistance? Sign me up! Wow, to have been part of this or similar ventures! Grinspoon (who witnessed a lot of the action unfold) and Stern (who was at the very center of the action) do a superb job of telling the story of the New Horizons expedition to Pluto. As others have noted, even the bureaucratic details are both fascinating and exciting to read about. To think that in 70 short years -- just one lifetime -- scienc...
  • Matt
    2018-05-14
    A fascinating dive into the history of the New Horizons mission to Pluto. How it was conceived, planned, executed and much more. It’s a very interesting and engaging read and I found myself wishing I had been part of the mission team too. It is a book charting the history of Pluto’s discovery and all the steps to get a mission accepted, planned and on it’s way. What was missing, for me, was more information on the planetary geology. I wante...
  • AJ
    2018-05-24
    A really fascinating look into the behind-the-scenes of a NASA planetary exploration project. This book goes through the science, the politics, and the personality behind getting a mission like this funded and executed. None of it is trivial. I very much appreciated how many women scientists were included in this project, and unlike the other reviewer who would probably call me a "snowflake" (to which I would respond: have you lived through a Nor...
  • Dan Ust
    2018-06-01
    Detailed story of how the project came about and was executed. I find this story intrinsically interesting, especially on how problems were dealt with as they arose. Don’t expect as much on Pluto; this is mainly about the spacecraft itself.By the way, sometimes they cram too much in, especially when it comes to the people involved. I know they wanted to give credit where credit is due, but much of that could’ve been moved to the acknowledgeme...
  • Greenmantis
    2018-05-21
    Chasing New Horizons could be so much more but instead is a laundry list of names, and places and an almost ad nauseam self-congratulation from beginning till the very end.The authors decide to describe in excruciating detail their plight to build the probe while writing very little about science. It gets tedious. Not even the "out of lock" situation could pique my curiosity again. And after a mention that a male scientist (who had very little or...
  • Lissa
    2018-04-30
    The recent excitement about space has sent me on a quest to devour all of the books about the subject currently being published. This one follows the proposal, development and travel of the New Horizons ship that initiated the first flyby of Pluto. Managing to be both full of science yet exciting and easy to read, this book proves that space exploration is still completely worth the large budgets and long hours. I received a digital ARC through N...
  • Scott Kardel
    2018-05-12
    Chasing New Horizons is the tale of how the New Horizons mission to Pluto came about and was flown. It wonderfully shows off just how difficult the mission was to pull off, not just technically, but in dealing with financial and bureaucratic challenges too. I very much enjoyed this history, not just for the inside look at how it all happened, but in giving an inspirational story that shows that with hard work and perseverance we can achieve great...
  • Dave Carden
    2018-05-28
    A fascinating insider’s tale of this generation’s greatest exploration mission. Alan Stern gives a front row seat view of the incredible feats it took to fly a probe to Pluto, including years of jumping through NASA hoops and tense days of frantic recovery efforts - while enduring a 9-hour round trip radio delay!
  • Tom Dixon
    2018-05-15
    So good on so many levels. Planning, persistence, perseverance, and great payoff. Lessons about science. Lessons about strategic selling. Lessons about project management. Lessons about humans driven to explore. This was the most fun and interesting non-fiction book I've read in a long time.
  • Iangagn
    2018-06-04
    This is the kind of book you can't afford not to read if you're into technology or space.