Episode 25: Why couldn't New Horizons orbit Pluto?

The New Horizons mission revealed Pluto's jaw-dropping vistas and geophysical  mysteries . One listener wanted to know why the spacecraft didn't go into orbit around Pluto. Tom Spilker, interplanetary travel expert, tells us the answer.

The New Horizons mission revealed Pluto's jaw-dropping vistas and geophysical mysteries. One listener wanted to know why the spacecraft didn't go into orbit around Pluto. Tom Spilker, interplanetary travel expert, tells us the answer.

Tom made some slides to accompany this podcast! You can download them here:

Part 1

Part 2