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New Horizons: Exploring the Icy Heart of Pluto and Beyond - LIB 100 APPROVED!

Alice Bowman, Missions Operations manager for New Horizons

Alice Bowman, Missions Operations manager for New Horizons

Date and Time

Friday, February 14, 2020
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


  • DeVos Center » 122E - Loosemore Auditorium


Alice Bowman is the Missions Operations Manager (MOM) for the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (JHUAPL)'s New Horizons mission. Ms. Bowman holds the distinction of being JHUAPL's first female MOM and leads the Space Mission Operations Group. New Horizons successfully explored Pluto in 2015, sending back amazing photos that made the mysterious dwarf planet come into focus, and mapped, measured, and sent back images from Kuiper Belt object 486958, now known as Arrokoth. New Horizons continues to explore the Kuiper Belt and should be in operation at least until the 2030s. 

In a nod to our partnership with Making Waves about Water, Ms. Bowman's talk will include a discussion of the watery elements of Pluto, including theories of a subsurface water ocean, and since her talk is on Valentine's Day, we've also asked her to discuss the Sputnik Planitia ice field on Pluto, the most famous "heart" in the Kuiper Belt. 



Samhita Rhodes, PhD, Professor and Chair, Biomedical Engineering, (616)331-6267

Deana Weibel, PhD, Professor, Anthropology, (616)331-3346

Karen Gipson, PhD, Professor, Physics, and Associate Dean, BCOIS, (616)331-8655



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