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Pluto Explorer to Talk at Northwestern

Alan Stern of the New Horizons mission will review recent encounter

EVANSTON, Ill. — Alan Stern, leader of the New Horizons Mission and its exploration of the Pluto System, will speak at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at Northwestern.

Stern is associate vice president of the Space Science and Engineering Division of the Southwest Research Institute and principal investigator for the NASA mission for the last 14 years. He will talk about the history of the project and review the encounter with Pluto this past July. He also will discuss major scientific findings to date and plans to explore the Solar System beyond Pluto.

The event, free and open to the public, will be held in the Ryan Family Auditorium at the Technological Institute, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston. 

The talk is the seventh in an annual public lecture series offered by Northwestern’s Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA).

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