A version of this article appears in the July 28 edition of Aviation Week & Space Technology. Dava Sobel, the doyenne of U.S. science writers, predicts the images of Pluto coming back from the nuclear-powered New Horizons probe next summer will be an emblem of our decade and perhaps beyond, “something on a par with the Apollo 8 image of the Earthrise.” Alan Stern, the scientific pit bull who played hardball with one NASA administrator to get the once-in-a-lifetime ...

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