Call for Observations: Earth-based observing campaign in support of the New Horizons mission to Pluto

The New Horizons spacecraft will fly by Pluto in 2015.  The New Horizons encounter with Pluto presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to directly link our Earth-based view of Pluto with ‘ground truth’ provided by in situ measurements.

With the encouragement of Dr. James L. Green, Director of Planetary Science, NASA Headquarters, a call for observations is being made in support of the New Horizons mission. Observers throughout the international community are invited to participate. The goal of the observing campaign is to establish an extensive Earth-based measurement context for the state of the Pluto system at the time of the flyby, including evolving trends in the system for at least one year prior- and post-flyby. Further details on the campaign are available here.

Please register your interest by sending an email to [email protected].

In addition, informal workshops (information sessions) are being planned during the European Planetary Science Conference (EPSC) in London 8-13 September and during the Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting (DPS) in Denver 6-11 October. The DPS workshop will be on Tuesday, 8 October at 12:00noon-1:00pm in the Plaza Ballroom E at the Sheraton Denver Downtown.