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Old 01-17-2008   #68
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Happy Birthday New Horizons

Alan Stern's views on the start of the second full year of traveling since launch.

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The PI's Perspective
Happy Birthday New Horizons!
Two Years on the Road to the Ninth Planet
January 17, 2008


Just like the parent of a kid growing up from an infant to a toddler, my experience with New Horizons in flight – since our launch two years ago this week – is that the first two years have passed amazingly quickly and yet amazingly slowly, all at the same time. I guess that given some of the spacecraft hiccups of the past several months, one could also analogize that New Horizons has reached the “Terrible Two” stage and is into saying “no” a little more these days than in its first year.

Honestly, though, it’s been a great second year that included a phenomenally successful Jupiter encounter, a course correction, our first annual checkout, and science team work to begin in earnest the planning for the encounter at Pluto, still seven years hence. (Interestingly, this month also commemorates the seventh anniversary of the first New Horizons team meetings to write our proposal to NASA, so we are now at the halfway point from project inception to encounter!)
Click HERE for more on Alan's commentary, as well as a couple of pix of the NH birthday cake
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