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Recent findings from the New Horizons spacecraft. Thursday, July 18 at 5:30 pm at the Observatory. Register here.

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft

            Aerospace engineer Mike Grusin will be in town to share recent findings from the NASA New Horizons spacecraft mission. This year, the spacecraft revealed insights into the farthest object in the Solar System that humanity has ever explored.

Grusin’s program will take place at the Estes Park Memorial Observatory on Thursday, July 18, from 5:30 to 7 p.m Click here to register.  The presentation is hosted by the Estes Valley Library as part of its “Universe of Stories” Summer Reading Program.

It was NASA scientists who had found the shadow of a strange object beyond Pluto, in a cold and remote part of the Solar System. Though the scientists could detect it with telescopes, they knew very little about it. Their best hope was the New Horizons spacecraft, which famously flew past Pluto in 2015. Knowing the spacecraft had sufficient fuel to go even farther, scientists sent it toward this mysterious object that might hold clues to the very formation of our Solar System. Grusin will offer his insights into what scientists found to help uncover a mystery.

Mike Grusin is an aerospace engineer and space enthusiast living in Boulder. He has built spacecraft, fighting robots, haunted houses, and taught electronics and programming to kids. He has worked with numerous groups, including the Colorado Space Grant Consortium and Sparkfun Electronics. He is now helping the University of Colorado to design experiments for the International Space Station.

In addition to registering for Thursday’s program, the public is encouraged to log their reading minutes at, as the Library invites everyone to join in the community goal of 238,900 total reading minutes—which is the distance to the Moon in miles. Click here for full details.