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Discovery to take viewers to Pluto in a global special

MUMBAI: Infotainment broadcaster
Discovery has announced a new one-
hour special that follows Nasa on the
first encounter to the hotly debated
former planet Pluto.
Discovery’s Dr. Dan Riskin anchors
from mission central in Maryland.
Produced by Canada’s Exploration
Production, ‘Pluto: First Encounter’
will air first in Canada on 15 July and
then across Discovery International
networks in dozens of countries
around the world including India, the
UK, Scandinavia, China, Australia,
South America, and the US.
Viewers are invited to follow Pluto’s
progress via Discovery.ca and through
social platforms using #PlutoFlyBy.
“Pluto is an outlier in every sense of
the word. It has a tilted orbit, a
giant moon locked into a static spot in
the sky, and four more exotic moons
spinning around in chaos. Everything
we know about Pluto is already super-
weird, and we haven’t even seen it up
close yet. This is going to be
amazing,” said Riskin.
Moving at breakneck speeds to the
edge of the solar system for nearly a
decade, the mission to Pluto is less
than a month away from mankind’s
closest approach to the mysterious
and contentious dwarf planet. The
special joins the New Horizons’ epic
quest led by NASA as the spacecraft
completes its flyby, capturing first-
ever images of the icy dwarf planet
and its moons.
The special chronicles the journey
that will bring the former ninth
planet into focus. Could this
encounter reignite the debate over
Pluto’s planetary status or will
seeing Pluto up close give greater
importance to dwarf planets spinning
at the edge of the solar system five
billion kilometres away? This dramatic
mission will shed new light on the
former ninth planet, promising fresh
clues about the birth of our solar
system and perhaps life on earth.
The special is a chance at solving a
mystery – an outcome that might give
new understanding of Pluto’s
relevance in the solar system and
potentially life on earth. Nasa’s New
Horizons mission launched in 2006, a
piano-sized spacecraft that became
the fastest ever launched, reaching
the moon in just nine hours – ten
times faster than any Apollo mission.
The hurtling craft reached Jupiter in
slightly more than a year when other
missions took more than six. For
nearly a decade, New Horizons has
been travelling at breakneck speeds,
racing to the very edges of the solar
system to a region of space known as
the Kuiper Belt, where the icy relics
of the solar system drift. These
relics, thought to carry the
beginnings of life, provide clues to
how the solar system’s bigger planets
formed. Viewers will be presented
with opinions and perspectives from
those who are steadfast in
championing Pluto as a ninth planet,
as well as those staunchly opposed.

Discovery to take viewers to Pluto in a global special

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