The series examines the Pluto planet controversy, the personal stakes of mission scientists, as well as the challenges of a long duration spaceflight of nine years, and shares with viewers the thrill of discovery as the strange, unique geography of Pluto and its giant moon Charon is revealed for the first time.
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It was a rendezvous a decade in the making. The New Horizons spacecraft rocketed from Earth to provide the first ever close-ups of the farthest planet in our solar system, Pluto. Join New ...
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- Released: 01 Dec 2014
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- Language: English
- Country: USA
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- Total Seasons: 1
Episode x; Jun 07, 2020
1x13: The Right Stuff
1x12: The Surface of Pluto
1x11: New Horizons - Pluto Flyby Images
1x10: New Horizons Calls Home
1x9: The Pluto Flyby
1x8: The "Giant Heart" on Pluto
1x7: Behind the Scenes with Alan Stern
1x6: The Shoals of Pluto
1x5: Looking Back, Looking Forward
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|Episode No.||No. Overall||Title||Airdate||Runtime||Summary|
|1||1||Close Encounters of the Plutonian Kind||10||
Follow the timeline of the New Horizons mission from its inception to the date of its close encounter with Pluto. Watch initial reactions from those closest to the mission.
|2||2||Pluto or Bust||10||
The controversial debate of Pluto's planetary status is explored.
|3||3||Into the Kuiper Belt||10||
As New Horizons gets ever closer to its final destination of Pluto, we take a look at the instruments onboard the spacecraft. How do they work, and what will they help us learn about this distant planet?
|4||4||The Mapmaker's Dream||10||
As the New Horizons spacecraft gets ever closer to Pluto, the images being relayed back to Earth are superior to anything we've seen before. Take a look at how we're mapping the surface, and the new knowledge gleaned as New Horizons approaches its target.
|5||5||Looking Back, Looking Forward||10||
Weeks from its final destination, the New Horizons spacecraft is now closer to Pluto than any other man-made craft has ever been. Although it's been smooth sailing so far, the dangers will increase exponentially as it encounters Pluto's planetary orbit.
|6||6||The Shoals of Pluto||10||
New Horizons journey to Pluto is winding down, and its destination is dead-ahead. The images being sent to Earth are unlike anything we've seen before - find out what we're learning about this unexplored dwarf planet.
|7||7||Behind the Scenes with Alan Stern||10||
With a mere hours to go until the New Horizons spacecraft reaches its destination of Pluto, we check in with Alan Stern, the principal investigator of the team. Watch the latest news and reactions from Mission Control.
|8||8||The "Giant Heart" on Pluto||10||
On the day of their spacecraft's historic Pluto flyby, the New Horizons team discusses its last transmission to Earth - and what it's already telling us about the previously unseen surface of the last major unexplored body in our Solar System, Pluto.
|9||9||The Pluto Flyby||10||
Be present as the NASA New Horizons team celebrates the moment of the New Horizons probe reaching Pluto, thus achieving the initial reconnaissance of our solar system. An achievement 9 years in the making, the Mission's success is an outstanding accomplishment.
|10||10||New Horizons Calls Home||10||
The second day of the Pluto flyby --- initial transmissions have successfully reached Earth, the team is excited. And Pluto is more than ready for its first close-ups!
|11||11||New Horizons - Pluto Flyby Images||10||
Pictures worth waiting 9 years to get! The New Horizons team shows off the first batch of photos communicated from the New Horizons space probe 3 billion miles away; stunning images of Pluto and moon.
|12||12||The Surface of Pluto||10||
The New Horizons mission has been a success, and as photographs and data continue to be transmitted back to Earth, scientists can now, for the first time, look at 3D images of the surface of this distant dwarf planet.
|13||13||The Right Stuff||10||
As the series comes to a close, new observations from mountain ranges to a blue atmosphere are being discovered. What does the data show us, and where is New Horizons heading next? Team members break it down for us, as well as describe "the right stuff" necessary for a successful space mission.