Alan Stern Quotes

Sol Alan Stern (born November 22, 1957) is an American engineer and planetary scientist. He is the principal investigator of the New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Chief Scientist at Moon Express

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Alan Stern


It's strictly coincidental that Pluto of course was named for the god of the underworld and we're describing these Halloween moons

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We're just learning that a lot of planets are small planets, and we didn't know that before, fact is, in planetary science, objects such as Pluto and the other dwarf planets in the Kuiper Belt are considered planets and called planets in everyday discourse in scientific meetings.

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It used to be said that Pluto is a misfit. But now we know Earth is the misfit. This is the most populous class of planet in our solar system and we have never sent a mission to this class.

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It'll be the fastest spacecraft ever to Jupiter...13 months after launch. We pass the Moon in just nine hours.

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Naming celestial objects is usually done by astronomers and professionals. Other people who are interested in space never get the opportunity to do that kind of thing.

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“The United States is going to go down in history for the initial reconnaissance of the planets.”

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“I?m calling the discovery of the two new satellites the first scientific result of New Horizons.”

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“We call it seeing in the dark.”

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“It took us more years to get the mission beyond the Washington beltway than it will take to cross the entire Solar System.”

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“Just as a Chihuahua is still a dog, these ice dwarfs are still planetary bodies. The misfit becomes the average. The Pluto-like objects are more typical in our solar system than the nearby planets we first knew.”

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“This is, in a very real sense, the capstone of the initial reconnaissance of the planets that the United States has led for the world since the 1960s.”

Alan Stern


“This is in a very real sense the capstone of the initial reconnaissance of the planets that the United States has led for the world since the 1960s.”

Alan Stern


“It's now our job to be good stewards of the spacecraft. and to learn to fly it in the real environment that it was built for.”

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“The payload that we're flying… is a much more advanced payload than we could have flown, for example, in the last Jupiter launch window ten years ago.”

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“We're realizing just how much there is to the deep, outer solar system. I think it's exciting that textbooks have to be rewritten, over and over.”

Alan Stern