Watch Live: New Horizons Crosses Neptune’s Orbit En Route To Pluto

by Elizabeth Howell on August 25, 2014

Another milestone for the Pluto-bound New Horizons mission — it’s crossing the orbit of Neptune today, as it prepares to fly by Pluto next August. In celebration, NASA is holding two live events at headquarters in Washington, D.C. starting at 1 p.m. EDT (5 p.m. UTC) today, and livestreamed above. More details below the jump.

The panel at 1 p.m. EDT will include:

  • Jim Green, director, NASA Planetary Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington
  • Ed Stone, Voyager project scientist, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena
  • Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado

Between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. EDT, New Horizons team members will recall what happened when Voyager 2 passed by Neptune 25 years ago, and also talk about where they are working today on the Pluto mission. The members will include:

  • Moderator: David Grinspoon, Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, Arizona
  • Fran Bagenal, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Bonnie Buratti, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
  • Jeffrey Moore, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California
  • John Spencer, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado
New Horizons

New Horizons spacecraft. Image Credit: NASA

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Elizabeth Howell is the senior writer at Universe Today. She also works for Space.com, Space Exploration Network, the NASA Lunar Science Institute, NASA Astrobiology Magazine and LiveScience, among others. Career highlights include watching three shuttle launches, and going on a two-week simulated Mars expedition in rural Utah. You can follow her on Twitter @howellspace or contact her at her website.

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