DRAA: Mission to Pluto: From Napkins to New Horizons

Pluto (New Horizons)
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Speaker: Max King, University of Toronto

In July 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft flew past Pluto, photographing the last unexplored major body in our solar system. Taking over 25 years from its original conception to its phenomenal photographic fly-by, New Horizons upended the space industry. We will explore the story behind the most unlikely expedition into our solar system, the development of the mission from scrap paper to the spacecraft itself.

We will examine the unique challenges of spacecraft engineering, the lasting impact this mission has made on our understanding of the solar system, and how its unparalleled success marks the beginning of a new era in space exploration.

What's Up for November/December Skies & Variable Star of the Month (presented by Jeff Dutton & Mike Cook)
A tour of celestial objects and events that you can see with binoculars, telescopes or just your eyes.

Who can attend: Everyone
Fee: Free
Registration: Not required
Organized by: Durham Region Astronomical Association
Location: Whitby Public Library - Central Library, Meeting Room 1 A/B, 405 Dundas St W, Whitby, ON

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