The October Meeting of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh will be held at 7:30 PM, October 14, 2016, at Carnegie Science Center, Riverview Cafe, and features the NASA New Horizons Mission Specialist Mark “Indy” Kochte*, speaking on “New Horizons: The Adventure to Pluto.” * Please refer to bio at the end of this post.
Pluto has long been considered an oddball planet since it’s discovery, but over the decades we have learned much about what it is and what it isn’t. Now, after a 9.5 year voyage that covered over 3 billion miles, the New Horizons spacecraft, the first manmade object from Earth to visit this little planet, has shown us that Pluto is SO unique and unlike anything we might have imagined since it’s discovery 70-odd years ago. What new wonders await discovery? Join Mission Operations team member Mark ‘Indy’ Kochte on a journey of wonder to a place in our own solar system that the awesome Hubble Space Telescope can only barely resolve.
The speaker will be at the top of the evening shortly after 7:30 PM. Following the speaker there will be a brief recess followed by the monthly business meeting. Please check back for updates.
Heads up there is a 21+ Night upstairs in the Carnegie Science during the meeting. There are also some extra activities going on around the building. It should be great fun!
Carnegie Science Center Parking Lot charges a flat $5 fee. AAAP Meetings are free and open to the public.