Dayton connection to New Horizons mission

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton and the University of Dayton Research Institute have a hand in the historic Pluto flyby this week by New Horizons, and it dates back to the 1950’s at Mound Laboratory.

Doctor Stephen Johnson, director of Space Nuclear Systems and Technology Division at the Idaho National Laboratory, and Dr. Chad Barklay, Distinguished Research Specialist at UDRI, have worked extensively on space-vehicle power generation systems and described the local involvement when they joined us on set Thursday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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