33 Total Quotes

Alan Stern Quotes

Alan Stern
It'll be the fastest spacecraft ever to Jupiter…13 months after launch. We pass the Moon in just nine hours.
Alan Stern
#Moon

Alan Stern
It used to be that Pluto was a misfit. Now it turns out that Earth is the misfit. Most planets in the solar system look like Pluto, and not like the terrestrial planets.
Alan Stern
#Earth

Alan Stern
It used to be said that Pluto is a misfit. But now we know Earth is the misfit. This is the most populous class of planet in our solar system and we have never sent a mission to this class.
Alan Stern
#Earth

Alan Stern
I ... was not comfortable with launching without backup power. I've been working on this for 17 years ... Two or three days doesn't mean a hill of beans.
Alan Stern
#Power

Alan Stern
We'll be like kids in a candy shop.
Alan Stern
#Kids

Alan Stern
It's now our job to be good stewards of the spacecraft. and to learn to fly it in the real environment that it was built for.
Alan Stern
#Fly

Alan Stern
Out Earth-based observations are still too crude to tell us much about what we'll see when we finally get there. We still don't know what we don't know about Pluto.
Alan Stern
#Earth

Alan Stern
It's strictly coincidental that Pluto of course was named for the god of the underworld and we're describing these Halloween moons,
Alan Stern
#God

Alan Stern
It's ... strictly coincidental that Pluto, of course, was named for the god of the underworld and we're describing these Halloween moons,
Alan Stern
#God

Alan Stern
It's ... strictly coincidental that Pluto of course was named for the god of the underworld and we're describing these Halloween moons,
Alan Stern
#God

Alan Stern
It's ... strictly coincidental that Pluto of course was named for the god of the underworld and we're describing these Halloween moons.
Alan Stern
#God

Alan Stern
It's ... strictly coincidental that Pluto, of course, was named for the god of the underworld and we're describing these Halloween moons.
Alan Stern
#God

Alan Stern
It's strictly coincidental that Pluto of course was named for the god of the underworld and we're describing these Halloween moons.
Alan Stern
#God

Alan Stern
It's a scientific wonderland for atmospheric scientists. [Pluto's] atmosphere is escaping like a comet, but on a planetary scale. Its surface, which is only 40 degrees above absolute zero, is covered in exotic ices.
Alan Stern
#Scientists

Alan Stern
This is in a very real sense the capstone of the initial reconnaissance of the planets that the United States has led for the world since the 1960s.
Alan Stern
#United States

Alan Stern
Some people think its 20 years off and some people think its five years off. No one really knows when Pluto's atmosphere will snow out and collapse.
Alan Stern
#People

Alan Stern
This is, in a very real sense, the capstone of the initial reconnaissance of the planets that the United States has led for the world since the 1960s.
Alan Stern
#United States

Alan Stern
The United States is going to go down in history for the initial reconnaissance of the planets.
Alan Stern
#History

Alan Stern
The payload that we're flying… is a much more advanced payload than we could have flown, for example, in the last Jupiter launch window ten years ago.
Alan Stern
#Example

Alan Stern
I don't believe we should classify planetary objects by location. We should use properties of the objects as a guide.
Alan Stern
#Believe

Alan Stern
Our result suggests other bodies in the Kuiper Belt may have more than one moon. It also means planetary scientists will have to take these new moons into account when modeling the formation of the Pluto system.
Alan Stern
#Moon

Alan Stern
Exploring Pluto and the Kuiper Belt is like conducting an archaeological dig into the history of the outer solar system, a place where we can peek into the ancient era of planetary formation.
Alan Stern
#History

Alan Stern
I like to call this mission the Everest of planetary exploration. It's really fantastic.
Alan Stern
#Exploration

Alan Stern
In a real sense, this is not just a 4 billion-mile journey, but also a journey 4 billion years back in time.
Alan Stern
#Journey

Alan Stern
I?m calling the discovery of the two new satellites the first scientific result of New Horizons.
Alan Stern
#Discovery

Alan Stern
I jokingly say now that New Horizons is the first mission to the nearest example of the last planet.
Alan Stern
#Example

Alan Stern
Whether or not an object has a moon is not part of the criteria that we've considered, because so many small objects in the solar system have moons,
Alan Stern
#Moon

Alan Stern
We're going to be like kids in a candy shop when we arrive at a system like this.
Alan Stern
#Kids

Alan Stern
Around 20 percent of Kuiper Belt objects have a moon. We think a lot of astronomers are going to be looking now for multiple satellite systems.
Alan Stern
#Moon

Alan Stern
Our result suggests that other bodies in the Kuiper Belt may have more than one moon as well,
Alan Stern
#Moon