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Planetary Radio Live: New Horizons' date with Pluto

Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
The Crawford Family Forum 474 S. Raymond Ave. Pasadena, CA 91105 Map and directions
After sailing across the solar system for over nine years, on July 14th NASA’s New Horizons finally had its close encounter with Pluto.  A full house joined us as The Planetary Society’s Mat Kaplan talked with New Horizons scientists and Pluto-watchers and we monitored the Applied Physics Lab’s live webcast, broadcast from Maryland.
After sailing across the solar system for over nine years, on July 14th NASA’s New Horizons finally had its close encounter with Pluto. A full house joined us as The Planetary Society’s Mat Kaplan talked with New Horizons scientists and Pluto-watchers and we monitored the Applied Physics Lab’s live webcast, broadcast from Maryland.
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KPCC's Crawford Family Forum curated social media reaction from scientists, reporters, and Plutonians both present and not present on the panel. You can see their thoughts here: 

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New Horizons: The First Mission to the Pluto System and the Kuiper Belt

After sailing across the solar system for over nine years, on July 14th NASA’s New Horizons finally had its close encounter with Pluto. Even though images weren't immediately available, fans around the world gathered to hear news from the spacecraft as it approached the dwarf planet and its companions. A full house joined us as The Planetary Society’s Mat Kaplan talked with New Horizons scientists and Pluto-watchers and we monitored the Applied Physics Lab’s live webcast, broadcast from Maryland. Mat’s guests for Planetary Radio LIVE on the Crawford Family Forum stage were:

We also checked in live via Skype with our correspondents from the scene at the Applied Physics Lab:

We had a "killer" surprise guest in Mike Brown, author of "How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming." 

@NASANewHorizons
#PlutoFlyby
@PlanRad
@RandomSpaceFact
@elakdawalla
@BillNye
@jim_bell
@KPCCforum

NASA on the New Horizons mission:

The New Horizons mission will help us understand worlds at the edge of our solar system by making the first reconnaissance of the dwarf planet Pluto and by venturing deeper into the distant, mysterious Kuiper Belt – a relic of solar system formation.

New Horizons launched on Jan. 19, 2006; it swung past Jupiter for a gravity boost and scientific studies in February 2007, and will conduct a five-month-long reconnaissance flyby study of Pluto and its moons in summer 2015. Pluto closest approach is scheduled for July 14, 2015. As part of an extended mission, the spacecraft is expected to head farther into the Kuiper Belt to examine one or two of the ancient, icy mini-worlds in that vast region, at least a billion miles beyond Neptune’s orbit.

Sending a spacecraft on this long journey will help us answer basic questions about the surface properties, geology, interior makeup and atmospheres on these bodies.

The first color movies from NASA’s New Horizons mission show Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, and the complex orbital dance of the two bodies, known as a double planet.