The Year of Pluto

There’s a mysterious zone far out in our solar system, it is a region of ice worlds some solitary and some with moons, their names however may be unfamiliar but they hold clues to all our origins and the first of these worlds which was visited by NASA back in 2015 was the king of the Kuiper Belt, Pluto.

The long journey of Nasa’s New Horizons mission began in 2006, it was the first of it’s kind with a goal to reach the Kuiper Belt, a gigantic zone of icy bodies and mysterious small objects orbiting beyond Neptune. This region also is known as the “third” zone of our solar system, beyond the inner rocky planets and outer gas giants.

In this one hour film we take on the hard science and get answers to how the mission came about and why it matters. Interviews with Dr. James Green, John Spencer, Fran Bagenal, Mark Showalter and others share how New Horizons will answer many questions. New Horizons is part of the New Frontiers Program, managed by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

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