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Alan Stern

About Alan Stern

Planetary scientist S. Alan Stern (Southwest Research Institute) is the Principal Investigator of NASA's New Horizons mission. He is writing a series of blogs for Sky & Telescope before and during the spacecraft's historic encounter with Pluto.

New Horizons' scientific payload

Pluto: The Last Picture Show

In his second "insider blog" about the New Horizons mission, principle investigator Alan Stern offers a look at what we might find at Pluto. It sounds like science fiction, but it's not: NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is on final approach to the Pluto system! After 112 months in flight, the fastest spacecraft ever launched is…

Alan Stern awaits New Horizons's launch

New Horizons: Navigating to Pluto

In the first of a series of installments written exclusively for Sky & Telescope, New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern offers his behind-the-scenes perspective on what it took to get the spacecraft to Pluto.