Chasing New Horizons

Alan Stern and David Grinspoon

The up close, inside story of the greatest space exploration project of our time, New Horizons’ mission to Pluto, as shared with David Grinspoon by mission leader Alan Stern and other key players.


“Thrilling… This is a future classic of popular science, full of twists and turns and unexpected heroes…with a dramatic and profound payoff.”—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY *Starred Review*

“Spellbinding.”—SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN

“When the New Horizons spacecraft flew from here to Pluto and beyond, the pictures and data forever changed the way we view our Solar System and our place within it. Stern and Grinspoon show us what NASA can do when the United States brings its best. New Horizons is still flying, and for us Plutophiles it’s the adventure of a lifetime.”—BILL NYE, science educator, CEO of the Planetary Society

“Here is the exciting, moment-by-moment account of how a dream becomes a successful mission to another planet. Chasing New Horizons is a cliff-hanger, a page-turner, a spine-tingler, and, ultimately, a reason to stand up and cheer. Readers are ‘Go!’ for Pluto and beyond.”—DAVA SOBEL, New York Times bestselling author of Galileo’s Daughter and The Glass Universe

“Imagine launching a spacecraft that will travel faster than 30,000 miles per hour, for nearly a decade, until it passes the previously unreachable surface of Pluto, capturing some of the most beautiful images ever recorded. This mission is a demonstration of the best side of humanity and Alan Stern is a true superhero!”—DAVID BLAINE, magician and space enthusiast

“To Pluto and beyond! This is a thrilling and very human account of one of the greatest scientific adventures of our generation.”—BRIAN MAY, astrophysicist and lead guitarist of Queen

“A compelling account of one of the most ambitious space exploration missions ever conducted.”—CAPT. MARK KELLY, retired NASA space shuttle commander

“Alan Stern and David Grinspoon take the reader to Pluto on a historic odyssey from its inception to its conclusion.”—CAPT. JAMES LOVELL, commander, Apollo 13

“The fascinating story of how human curiosity, ingenuity, and tenacity have revealed to us what a world that is billions of miles away is really like. Space exploration at its best.”—MARIO LIVIO, astrophysicist, and author of WHY?: What Makes Us Curious and Brilliant Blunders

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