Why You Should Listen:
For some, the New Horizons mission represents a capstone to a half-century of planetary exploration; to others the Pluto system also beckons as a gateway to a vast new realm beyond Neptune – the Kuiper Belt – whose ultimate boundary remains unknown.
Planetary scientist Bill McKinnon has been at the forefront of the Pluto initiative since it was an underground scientific movement 25 years ago. He’s been a member of the New Horizons science team since its official beginning in 2001. You won’t find a better tour guide for this remote world at the edge of our solar system.