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Mission to Pluto: The First Visit to an Ice Dwarf and the Kuiper Belt

By: Mary Kay Carson

Illustrator: Tom Uhlman

Follow along with scientists as they build the first spacecraft to explore Pluto, fly it across the solar system, and make new discoveries three billion miles away. Time line. Glossary. List of resources for more information. Author's note. Sources and selected bibliography. Index. Full-color and black-and-white photographs, reproductions, diagrams, and digital illustrations.

ISBN: 9780544416710

JLG Release: Mar 2017


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: New Horizons (spacecraft) , Space flight , Interplanetary voyages , Pluto (dwarf planet) , Kuiper Belt , Space exploration

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In 2015, after nine years in transit from Earth, the New Horizons spacecraft successfully flew past the dwarf planet Pluto. The data sent back—including amazingly crisp images of never-before-seen surface details—has opened a new window onto the science of the outer solar system. Carson’s description of the mission, crafted In 2015, after nine years in transit from Earth, the New Horizons spacecraft successfully flew past the dwarf planet Pluto. The data sent back—including amazingly crisp images of never-before-seen surface details—has opened a new window onto the science of the outer solar system. Carson’s description of the mission, crafted from firsthand accounts and images provided by members of the scientific team, takes readers through the decades-long process of getting a multi-milliondollar NASA mission funded, built, and launched—at times in spite of politics, budget cuts, and waxing and waning public interest in space. The technical details are fascinating, since the engineering constraints for getting a light, fast, cheap machine all the way to Pluto were daunting. Equally astonishing are the scientific advances that occurred during this period: four new moons of Pluto were discovered (two in 2005 and two in 2012), and it was reclassified as a dwarf planet in 2006. Carson augments this account with facts about Pluto and the solar system, the schematics of the spacecraft, and the history of Pluto’s discovery by an amateur astronomer. The emotional moment when the first New Horizons data arrived—which Carson and Uhlman witnessed—is captured in the photographs included throughout the book. This data included new information about Pluto’s composition, topography, age, and even possible recent geologic activity. The mission isn’t over yet: readers can check out the appended websites to follow New Horizons into the Kuiper Belt . . . and perhaps beyond. danielle j. ford

Book Details

ISBN

9780544416710

First Release

March 2017

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

629.43/54922

Trim Size

11" x 9"

Page Count

80

Accelerated Reader

Level 6.3; Points: 2;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 7.3; Points: 6;

Lexile

Level 940L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

New Horizons (spacecraft), Space flight, Interplanetary voyages, Pluto (dwarf planet), Kuiper Belt, Space exploration,

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