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New Horizons Exploration of the Pluto System

Will Grundy, Lowell Observatory
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
PAA A-102

​From its flight through the Pluto system in July, a spectacular trove of data was recorded on the solid state data recorders aboard the New Horizons spacecraft. It will be late 2016 before all is transmitted back to Earth, but already there have been many remarkable discoveries giving a sense of the complexities in the system. This talk will show some of the scientific highlights and puzzles that the New Horizons science team is investigating. It will also briefly touch on plans for January 2019 when New Horizons will get the first up-close look at a small Kuiper belt object.

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