Pluto New Horizons Tribute
The National Space Society Releases A Stirring Video To Salute the Arrival of NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft At Pluto and the Completion of the First Reconnaissance of the Planets by NASA
(Washington DC, June 16, 2015) On July 14th, NASA’s New Horizons mission will make its closest approach to the Pluto system, completing the first reconnaissance of the Solar System, begun over 50 years ago by NASA. With the completion of the Pluto flyby by New Horizons next month, NASA will have completed successful missions to every planet in the Solar System from Mercury to Pluto.
To celebrate, NSS commissioned a short video film called “New Horizons,” which is being released today. The stirring video recognizes the historic culmination of this era of first planetary reconnaissance, for which the United States will be forever inscribed in history. New Horizons, can be watched and shared here: http://youtu.be/aky9FFj4ybE.
Pluto, Its Moon Charon, and New Horizons—A Scene from the NSS Video, New Horizons
“NSS is delighted to support the New Horizons mission by helping to share this exciting milestone in space exploration with the general public in America and around the world,” said NSS Senior Operating Officer Bruce Pittman.
The New Horizons video was funded by contributions to NSS made by New Horizons mission partners Aerojet Rocketdyne, Ball Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, and United Launch Alliance. New Horizons was directed and produced by Erik Wernquist, whose video Wanderers, looking to the future of solar system exploration by humans, created a viral sensation last year. New Horizons principal investigator and NSS member Alan Stern served as advisor to the video.
“As both an NSS member and the Principal Investigator of New Horizons, I’m excited about this beautiful film— and very appreciative of the efforts of NSS and its sponsors to create this. It really is stirring; I hope you’ll think so too.” said Alan Stern.
About the National Space Society (NSS): NSS is an independent non-profit educational membership organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization. NSS is widely acknowledged as the preeminent citizen’s voice on space, with over 50 chapters in the United States and around the world. The Society publishes Ad Astra magazine, an award-winning periodical chronicling the most important developments in space.
About Pluto New Horizons: The first mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt – a true voyage of discovery on the planetary frontier. The New Horizons Pluto-Kuiper Belt Mission, launched in January 2006, will help us to understand the icy worlds at the edge of our solar system. The mission will then visit one or more Kuiper Belt Objects beyond Pluto. The best way to view the Pluto July 14 encounter is on NASA TV. Find this and more ways to connect with New Horizons at the mission home page: http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/.
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