From Richard C. Hoagland:
The Last Encounter … of the last “classical” planet of the solar system … is now unfolding—
The imminent New Horizons fly-by — after almost a decade of rising anticipation — of the last “pre-space age” solar system discovery, the planet Pluto.
The Pluto Encounter — culminating in the pre-dawn hours of July 14th — also marks a set of poignant space milestones for me, personally.
First and foremost:
Precisely fifty years before the Pluto New Horizons fly-by, to the night … July 14, 1965 … I was covering my first unmanned NASA mission, the first fly-by of the fabled planet Mars by humankind’s first robotic planetary emissary — Mariner 4.
As part of that unprecedented real-time radio coverage (that I co-produced and co-hosted, with Dick Bertel, on WTIC Radio, in Hartford, CT.) of that amazing Encounter Evening in 1965, we wove together five hours of LIVE “into-the-night radio,” in the still-echoing tradition of Long John Nebel — mixing together a variety of invited and serendipitous guests, across the evening and around the country, enthusiastically engaging in on-air discussions of “the implications of humanities acquisition of the first close-up images of Mars” … the possibilities for current life there, if not the real possibilities of bringing Earth life there … and even a (inevitable) inclusion of “the reality of UFOs” ….
All set against the backdrop of our own “1965 Martian Invasion” updates, throughout the night, from Mariner 4 Control–
The WTIC Mars program was titled:
Now, exactly fifty years later, we intend to “do it all again” — this time, centering on the LAST major Planetary Encounter of NASA ….
As we collectively experience — via the World Wide Web — the unique New Horizons fly-by of Pluto–
And the Unknown Stories behind … not only the discovery of Pluto itself, in 1930 … but the “hidden history” of NASA’s New Horizons Mission to it — LIVE — in a 21st Century, all-night, on-line, radio and imaging extravaganza, titled–
“Pluto: The LAST Encounter” ….
Carried EXCLUSIVELY on the Dark Matter (“Art Bell’s” …) Digital Network.
July 14, 2015 — 2 to 7 AM Pacific. 5 – 10 AM Eastern.
Vintage Radio … with PICTURES.
This Pluto Encounter Special is an unplanned “preview” of a parallel “radio adventure” I am about to embark upon … after our coverage of Pluto … courtesy of my friend, Art Bell.
My own continuing radio program on this Network — to be carried five nights a week — on DMDN, beginning Midnight, July 21, 2015 — right after Art Bell’s debut of “Midnight in the Desert.”
Join us … as a PARTICIPANT in unveiling our REAL solar system heritage … on DMDN.