Noted Astrophysicist To Speak About Pluto Mission

The New Horizons spacecraft is depicted during the July 14, 2015 closest approach to the Pluto system in this artist’s representation. Image Credit: NASA

The New Horizons spacecraft is depicted during the July 14, 2015 closest approach to the Pluto system in this artist’s representation. Image Credit: NASA

January 20, 2015 – University of Colorado professor of astrophysical and planetary sciences Dr. Fran Bagenal will be speaking on the Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs on January 28. Bagenal will be speaking about the New Horizons mission to Pluto.

Bagenal is a noted researcher in the fields of space plasmas and planetary magnetospheres. Among the planetary science missions she has worked on are the New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Juno mission to Jupiter.

New Horizons launched in January 2006 and, after a voyage of nine years, recently began its long-awaited, historic encounter with Pluto, which will culminate with the first close-up flyby of the Pluto system this July. Scientists are eager to learn about Pluto and its moons, as well as the Kuiper Belt Objects that lie beyond Pluto.

Bagenal’s free talk, hosted by Colorado Mountain College’s student astronomy club, the SKY Club, will be held at the Allbright Family Auditorium on the CMC campus in Steamboat at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28.