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New Horizons is the first mission to 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. Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Maryland designed, built, and operates the New Horizons spacecraft and manages the mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “The Year of Pluto – NASA New Horizons” is a one-hour documentary that takes on the hard science and gives us 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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Run Time 00:58:33
Topic Documentaries
Video Quality HD
Rating TV-G
Featuring Dr. James Green, John Spencer, Fran Bagenal, Mark Showalter