TMO Background Mode Interview with Planetary Scientist Dr. Alan Stern

Dr. Alan Stern is a planetary scientist with the Southwest Research Institute. He’s also the co-founder and chief scientist of World View, working with high altitude balloon research. He is perhaps most famous as the principle investigator for NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto. Way back in grade school, Alan was interested in space exploration and wanted to be a part of the Star Trek future. He received his Ph.D. in planetary science from the University of Colorado, and that launched his life-long interest in Kuiper Belt Objects and the Oort Cloud. He’s a licensed pilot, was selected by NASA as a Payload Specialist, and has flown research missions in high performance jet aircraft. We talked about his career, the New Horizons mission design, Pluto discoveries (and planetary classification) and his latest research.

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Dr. Alan Stern on Background Mode.  

My Background Mode interview with Dr. Alan Stern

_______________________ [caption id="attachment_24858" align="aligncenter" width="550"]Dr. Alan Stern and LC-41. Dr. Stern at Cape Canaveral Launch Complex 41 & New Horizons Lauch Vehicle.[/caption]  

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