GIFTS FROM MYSTERIOUS PLUTO
by Mary Blake
Dr. Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo., waited a long time for the New Horizons spacecraft to fly by Pluto on July 14, 2015. He has worked on this project in one form or another for 26 years. And the wait was worth it for the New Horizon Mission’s Principal Investigator (PI) who marveled at the image of Pluto’s atmosphere backlit by the sun.