RaveThe Chicago TribuneThe book begins 10 days before the planet’s closest approach to Earth when the New Horizons spacecraft suddenly shut itself down. From there, readers are taken back to the conception of a mission to Pluto and on to its eventual triumphal flyby. All of this is told in exhilarating prose that moves this narrative briskly along without getting mired in the tall weeds of technical jargon. One of the great joys of Chasing New Horizons is that it takes for granted that the reader is smart and can follow the few technical points.
With all of the difficulties in the way of the mission, you would think a sense of doom and angst would permeate the story, but it never does. In fact, it’s marked by an overriding sense of unbreakable optimism ... The book is inspiring.