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#1 Stellarfire

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Posted 16 October 2015 - 10:50 AM

New Horizons Pluto mission: new book planned for Spring 2017.

 

Macmillan Press Release (Oct. 01, 2015):

 

"Alan Stern, NASA’s Principal Investigator on New Horizons probe, and award-winning science writer and planetary scientist David Grinspoon to write book on Pluto mission.

 

Alan Stern, Principal Investigator for NASA’s New Horizons Pluto probe, will write a book with David Grinspoon that goes behind the scenes of the entire mission, it was announced October 01, 2015, by Stephen Morrison, publisher of Picador. (Dr. Stern’s work on this book is separate from his duties as Principal Investigator on New Horizons.) Worldwide rights to "CHASING NEW HORIZONS: Inside Humankind’s First Mission to Pluto" were acquired by James Meader, who will edit the book, from Josh Getzler and Carrie Hannigan of Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency. Publication is planned for Spring 2017."

http://macmillan.sup... Oct 1 2015.pdf

 

 

This one will be great reading stuff...

 

Stephan


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Posted 16 October 2015 - 12:59 PM

Well, I'm a big fan of both those guys. But, unless the book is pretty Pluto-heavy (as opposed to being completely mission-oriented), not sure I'll be buying a copy. I want facts on the target, not necessarily the mission.


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Posted 16 October 2015 - 02:00 PM

Rick, I am confident that co-author and planetary scientist David Grinspoon will provide all newest facts on Pluto.

 

I hope the publisher does not only intend to bring it as reference text book on the mission and Pluto, but also as visually attractive book, generously packed with high-resolution Pluto images and quality-printed on coated Offset paper.

 

Considering the uniqueness of this Pluto mission, we expect nothing less than a Pluto book that rocks! No shortcuts on this one, please!

 

Stephan



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Posted 16 October 2015 - 04:06 PM

Stephan,

 

That is great news. Stern's reputation precedes him and Grinspoon is a wonderful writer; his book Venus Revealed is a classic. 

 

I would enjoy reading more about the mission and that is the apparent focus of the book; apparently what went down over the July 4 weekend was something of an "Apollo 13 moment."  But I'm sure that the book will be much more than just a diary of the mission.  I sure hope the book will have plenty of data about Pluto and Charon, and plenty of high-rez images.  Something along the lines of Galaxies by Timothy Ferris would be perfect--a beautiful coffee table book that is also very well-written.

 

Since it will likely be years until all the New Horizons data is fully digested by planetary scientists, I suspect it will be a long time before the definitive work about Pluto and Charon is written.  It'll be  another year before all the data is even downloaded.  For now, this book looks like a must and I plan to order it. 


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Posted 16 October 2015 - 05:21 PM

 

I hope the publisher does not only intend to bring it as reference text book on the mission and Pluto, but also as visually attractive book, generously packed with high-resolution Pluto images and quality-printed on coated Offset paper.

 

 

That'd work!



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Posted 16 October 2015 - 06:00 PM

two years!

 

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Posted 16 October 2015 - 07:57 PM

two years!

 

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Hey, that's quicker than the mission itself!!!!


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Posted 17 October 2015 - 07:37 AM

 

two years!

 

:4

 

Hey, that's quicker than the mission itself!!!!

 

 

 

the mission has been over for months-at least for Pluto

I am spoiled for immediate relief

 

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Posted 22 October 2015 - 09:11 PM

Part of the attraction to this mission was the passion and excitement that the scientists shared.  My favorite quote from Stern was the best predictor, a promise that it would be "Something Wonderful."  How can anything like this be dry science and boring?  What a magnificent accomplishment by  a tenacious family of scientists, many who grew up with the mission.  I'll be first in line to buy it.  


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Posted 11 January 2017 - 04:19 AM

I'll be first in line to buy it.  

 

Same here! Hopefully they bring it well-pictured, printed on quality paper, not the cheap way. The epochal New Horizons mission deserves it. 

 

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 07:28 AM

Thanks for the head's up. Sounds like a classic Cinderella story - Pluto-style. Only this glass slipper moved at about 50 times the speed of sound. And the epilogue may be more interesting part yet as it makes its way through the Kuiper Belt.


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Posted 23 March 2017 - 01:46 PM

Any new info when this book will be coming out? I cannot wait for this.....


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Posted 01 April 2017 - 08:35 AM

Other books?

 

https://www.amazon.c... horizons pluto

 

https://www.amazon.c... horizons pluto

 

https://www.amazon.c... horizons pluto

 

https://www.amazon.c... horizons pluto


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Posted 03 April 2017 - 08:21 AM

Found this on James Meader's LinkedIn page:

 

"Chasing New Horizons: Inside Humankind’s First Mission to Pluto by Alan Stern (2018);"

 

2018! Maybe a typo?


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Posted 05 April 2017 - 08:13 AM

I spoke to Dr Stern, the book is coming out in Spring 2018.


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Posted 06 April 2017 - 04:01 PM

I spoke to Dr Stern, the book is coming out in Spring 2018.

That is awesome. I cannot wait for this book to come out.


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Posted 17 February 2018 - 11:35 AM

Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto (Hardcover)

By Alan Stern, David Grinspoon
$28

 

Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now

 

 


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Posted 20 February 2018 - 11:40 AM

Pre-order info on Amazon, with a picture of the book:

https://www.amazon.c...n/dp/1250098963
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Posted 21 February 2018 - 09:18 AM

Pre ordered and looking forward to the read!


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Posted 01 June 2018 - 08:49 PM

Has anyone read Chasing New Horizons yet?  I went ahead and put it on my Fathers Day list.



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Posted 07 June 2018 - 12:31 AM

Hello,

I read it ..It's a GREAT BOOK!!! I had a hard time putting it down. It is very mission and pre-mission focused.

I found the trials and tribulations of dealing with the NASA bureaucratic BS to be fascinating.Alan is really  a persistent guy.

definite must read

Paul 


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Posted 07 June 2018 - 08:36 AM

I have my copy on my night stand and need to wrap up other reading to get started.



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Posted 07 June 2018 - 10:13 AM

Hello,

I read it ..It's a GREAT BOOK!!! I had a hard time putting it down. It is very mission and pre-mission focused.

I found the trials and tribulations of dealing with the NASA bureaucratic BS to be fascinating.Alan is really  a persistent guy.

definite must read

Paul 

I, too, really enjoyed. However, if you're considering it, it very much isn't a "results" book. It's a book about the history of getting the mission off the ground and past Pluto. There are some nice photos and a little discussion of what was found but it's a very small slice of the book. I wouldn't let that put you off, it's a great read.


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