EAPS Prof. Richard Binzel and other New Horizons scientists publish the first comprehensive set of papers describing results from last summer's Pluto system flyby, share latest results at LPSC 2016.
A year ago, Pluto was just a bright speck in the cameras of NASA's approaching New Horizons spacecraft, not much different than its appearances in telescopes since Clyde Tombaugh discovered the ninth planet in 1930. But in the March 18th issue of the journal Science New Horizons scientists published the first comprehensive set of papers describing results from last summer's Pluto system flyby.
These papers completely transform our view of Pluto – revealing the former 'astronomer's planet' to be a real world with diverse and active geology, exotic surface chemistry, a complex atmosphere, puzzling interaction with the sun and an intriguing system of small moons," said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), Boulder, Colorado
This week, at the 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference being held at The Woodlands, Texas, New Horizons co-investigator EAPS' Richard Binzel joined members of the mission team Jim Green, NASA Planetary Science Division director; Cathy Olkin, deputy project scientist from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI); Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator, from SwRI; and others to discuss the latest Pluto science results in a media briefing.
Story Image: This enhanced color image of Pluto highlights the many subtle color differences between Pluto's distinct regions. The image data were collected by the spacecraft’s Ralph/MVIC color camera on July 14 from a range of 22,000 miles (35,000 kilometers). Credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI