NASA’s historic nine year project has taken their New Horizons spacecraft to the far side of the solar system to minor planet Pluto. On July 14 New Horizons is scheduled to make a historic flyby of Pluto to gather information and capture never seen before images of the planet’s surface.
Nat Geo will host Mission Pluto, a one hour special which will follow New Horizons’ journey over the past nine years right from the launch of the project to this final accomplishment.
The episode will showcase how the mission was put together. It will also feature the people who made it all possible, like mission leader Dr. Alan Stern, a veteran of 24 previous NASA missions.
This Mission Pluto special, hosted by Jason Silva, who is also the host of NGC’s Brain Games, will premiere globally on National Geographic Channels across 170 countries in 45 languages.
On July 14, the spacecraft will speed by Pluto at close to nine miles per second without any means of stopping. The core flyby will last less than two hours, creating a very tight window for the spacecraft to photograph Pluto, map the surface, analyse the atmosphere, and examine the geology of the surface. If the mission is a success, Nat Geo will also showcase the first ever pictures of Pluto which will be released a couple of days after the Mission Pluto episode has premiered. These will be released both on the channel, as well as on Nat Geo Facebook page.