Alan Stern (left), principal investigator for the New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt.
Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

You would think plunging into deep space, to the outer banks of our solar system, would be a person’s career ascension.

But for Alan Stern, principal investigator of the New Horizons mission that explored Pluto and now the Kuiper Belt, he also recently descended in a deep sea submersible to view the sunken remains of the RMS Titanic.

Titanic-bound, an attentive Alan Stern ran voice com and was mission scientist.
Image credit: Alan Stern

 

 

For planetary scientist Stern, purging deep space of its secrets in the 21st century, or witnessing the 20th century deep sea sarcophagus that is the Titanic serves up analogies to spaceflight.

Out the porthole, a view of the Titanic.
Image credit: Alan Stern

But there are lots of differences too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more details on this dive to the Titanic, go to my new Space.com story – “Pluto explorer deep dives to the Titanic – For planetary scientist Alan Stern, witnessing the 20th century deep sea sarcophagus that is the Titanic serves up analogies to spaceflight” – go to:

https://www.space.com/pluto-explorer-dive-titanic?utm_campaign=socialflow

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