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New Horizons has its next target!

The New Horizons team has selected the second target for the probe: a Kuiper Belt Object with the provisional designation 2014 MU69 that orbits about a billion miles further out than Pluto.   164 more words


New Horizons mission picks post-Pluto target

NASA and the science team behind the New Horizons mission to Pluto and beyond have settled on the popular choice for the spacecraft’s next flyby: It’s 2014 MU69, an icy object a billion miles beyond Pluto that’s thought to be less than 30 miles (45 kilometers) wide. 421 more words


From NASA: "NASA’s New Horizons Team Selects Potential Kuiper Belt Flyby Target"


Aug. 28, 2015
Editor: Tricia Talbert

Artist’s impression of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft encountering a Pluto-like object in the distant Kuiper Belt. Credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/Alex Parker… 1,256 more words

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The Kuiper Belt - Solar System's Limit

Our Solar System, although much so big that in comparison travelling between any places on Earth is nothing, is a limited space. After all the planets of the Solar System there is a region that consists mainly of small bodies called the  175 more words


An overview from space: New Horizons

New Horizons is a space probe launched by the The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as the first mission of the New Frontiers program. 463 more words


Why Pluto was reclassified.

In the 1840’s, Urbain Le Verrier used Newtonian mechanics to predict and determine the position of the then un-discovered planet Neptune. After the discory, it was noted that there were slight disturbances to its orbit, this led astronomers to determine that there may be a ninth planet which was later referred to as “Planet X” by Percival Lowell, founder of the… 351 more words


From New Scientist: "Neptune’s sudden jolt could explain weird ring in Kuiper belt"

New Scientist

29 July 2015
Sarah Scoles

(Image: Detlev Van Ravenswaay/Science Photo Library)

BILLIONS of years ago, Neptune made one giant leap. This jump left behind a close-knit group of icy objects called the… 307 more words

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