Epic Video Takes Pluto-mania Viral
(Washington, DC -- June 30, 2015)
Video on NASA's New Horizons Mission Gets a Million Views in a Week; This Extended Director's Cut Version Dropped Today on YouTube
This extended version of a viral video detailing NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto, entitled "New Horizons [Extended Version]" was released today to the public via YouTube. A shorter version of the video had gone viral just two weeks prior, amassing over a million views in less than a week.
The video, commissioned by the non-profit National Space Society, highlights the historical significance of the New Horizons mission.
The fastest spacecraft ever created, New Horizons will speed past Pluto on July 14, 2015, 50 years to the day after humans first explored Mars with NASA's Mariner 4 on July 14, 1965. The spacecraft will beam back high resolution imagery and invaluable scientific data of the dwarf planet's surface for the first time in human history, thus bringing a dramatic culmination to 50 years of NASA's initial efforts in planetary reconnaissance.
"This extended version of the video, New Horizons, is amazing, showing why we explore the planets, and what an incredible and historic accomplishment human beings have achieved in the past 50 years - from the first missions to Venus and Mars to New Horizons at Pluto - in that pursuit," said Alan Stern, NSS member and Principal Investigator of the New Horizons mission.
About the National Space Society (NSS): NSS is an independent nonprofit educational membership organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization. NSS is widely acknowledged as the preeminent citizen's voice on space, with over 50 chapters in the United States and around the world. The Society publishes Ad Astra magazine, an award-winning periodical chronicling the most important developments in space. To learn more, visit www.nss.org.