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NES Video Chat: It's a Long Road to Pluto
April 4, 2013
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Date: April 4, 2013
Time: Noon - 1:00 p.m. EDT
Topic: It's a Long Road to Pluto
Grades: 6-10
Subject: Science: Earth and space science
Career: Principal Investigator: The person in charge of an experiment or research project
 

During this video chat, Bonnie Buratti, Ph.D., principal investigator for several NASA projects, answered student questions about the New Horizons mission, Pluto, and that even more remote place, the Kuiper Belt.

Young or old, everyone has heard of Pluto. But what do you really know about this remote place? Buratti and her colleagues hope the New Horizons mission will help answer a lot of questions about Pluto.

Besides analyzing data from spacecraft, Buratti obtains data from large telescopes, such as the 200-inch "Big Eye" on Palomar Mountain in California. Buratti has over 70 scholarly papers and book chapters to her credit. She created an outreach program for NASA and runs the Jet Propulsion Laboratory teacher's workshop, Teachers Touch the Sky. She has served on numerous NASA panels and professional committees.


Graphics:
›  The Pluto System →  
›  Largest Known Kuiper Belt Objects →  
›  Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud →  

Pluto Photo Galleries:
›  NSSDC Photo Gallery →  
›  Photojournal: Pluto →  

Articles:
›  Hubble Finds Smallest Kuiper Belt Object Ever Seen
›  What Is Pluto?

Websites:
›  StarChild: A Learning Center for Young Astronomers →  
›  Pluto: Facts and Figures →  
›  Asteroids, Comets & Satellites People: Bonnie Buratti →  
›  New Horizon's Website →  
 

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Bonnie Buratti
Bonnie Buratti is the principal investigator for several NASA projects
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