In DepthPlanetary Science

Pluto caps one man's odyssey

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Science  10 Jul 2015:
Vol. 349, Issue 6244, pp. 130-131
DOI: 10.1126/science.349.6244.130

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A remarkable half-century of planetary reconnaissance will end on 14 July, when the New Horizons spacecraft swoops past Pluto. The flyby comes 50 years to the day after Mariner 4 flew past Mars and returned the first image from another planet. Stamatios "Tom" Krimigis, the former head of the space department at Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, had a hand in both missions, as well as in visits to all the other worlds in the solar system. An expert in planetary magnetospheres, Krimigis has seen it all. But he is not yet done: His instrument on Voyager 1 is now plumbing interstellar space, and he is planning on being a part of Solar Probe Plus, a spacecraft that will visit the sun's corona.