Pluto Flyby: NASA’s New Horizons Makes History

A Grosse Pointe teacher shares his perspective of the historic New Horizons mission.

Courtesy of NASA


“It took us about three days to get to the moon when we went to the moon. It took the New Horizon nine hours.”

Walter Charuba, New Horizons Mission Fellow Educator

After nearly a decade and 3 billion miles in space, scientists today are getting the closest look ever at the furthest objects in our solar system. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is approaching Pluto and its moons.

Walter Charuba is a sixth-grade science teacher in Grosse Pointe and a New Horizons Mission Fellow Educator. He’ll be at mission control as the flyby occurs. He spoke with WDET’s Eli Newman about the spacecraft’s duties as it passes Pluto.



Check out NASA TV’s live coverage of the New Horizons Pluto flyby below and check for updates on the mission here.



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    Eli Newman is a Reporter/Producer for 101.9 WDET, covering breaking news, politics and community affairs. His favorite Motown track is “It’s The Same Old Song” by the Four Tops.