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Experts on New Horizons

New Horizons launched on Jan. 19, 2006; it swung past Jupiter for a gravity boost and scientific studies in February 2007, and conducted a six-month-long reconnaissance flyby study of Pluto and its moons in summer 2015, culminating with Pluto closest approach on July 14, 2015. As part of an extended mission, pending NASA approval, the spacecraft is expected to head farther into the Kuiper Belt to examine another of the ancient, icy mini-worlds in that vast region, at least a billion miles beyond Neptune’s orbit.
Sending a spacecraft on this long journey is helping us to answer basic questions about the surface properties, geology, interior makeup and atmospheres on these bodies.

Name Missions & Mission Experience Targets Techniques Major Facilities & Instrument Development

Maria Banks
LRO, MESSENGER, MRO, New Horizons, Phoenix Mars Lander ** Data archive, Data validation, Instrument operations, Mission operations, Mission science team, Science operations Charon, Earth, Europa, Mars, Mercury, Moon, Phobos, Pluto, Venus Climate, Crater Counting, Education/Public Outreach, Field Work, Geology, Geomorphology, Impacts, Mapping, Radar, Remote sensing, Tectonics Cameras

Amy Barr Mlinar
Cassini, Europa Clipper, Galileo, New Horizons Callisto, Charon, Dwarf planets, Europa, Exoplanets, Ganymede, Gas giants, Icy satellites, Kuiper Belt, Mercury, Moon, Pluto, Saturn Astrobiology, Education/Public Outreach, Geology, Impacts, Numerical modeling, Planetary Interiors, Tectonics, Volcanism

Susan Benecchi
New Horizons Dwarf planets, Kuiper Belt, Pluto Education/Public Outreach, Ground-based observing, Photometry

Amara Graps
Cassini, Dawn, Galileo, IRAS, New Horizons, Rosetta, Ulysses, Voyager ** Calibration/Test planning, Data archive, Data validation, Science operations Asteroids, Ceres, Comets, Dwarf planets, Enceladus, Icy satellites, Interplanetary Dust, Io, Io torus, Jupiter, Meteorites, Moon, Planetary rings, Saturn, Small satellites, Solar particles/Solar wind, Uranus, Vesta Astrobiology, Education/Public Outreach, Ground-based observing, Magnetospherics, Numerical modeling, Photometry, Remote sensing, Shape modeling, Space-based observing, Volcanism Dust counter

David Grinspoon
MSL, New Horizons Earth, Exoplanets, Icy satellites, Mars, Pluto, Venus Education/Public Outreach, Astrobiology

Sugata Tan
Cassini, New Horizons Icy satellites, Pluto Numerical modeling

Henry Throop
Cassini, New Horizons Dwarf planets, Exoplanets, Gas giants, Icy satellites, Interplanetary Dust, Jupiter, Kuiper Belt, Planetary rings, Pluto, Saturn Space-based observing, Spectroscopy, Remote sensing, Education/Public Outreach, Astrobiology

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