NASA selects possible next target New Horizons




NASA has set the new interim target of the spacecraft New Horizons. It is an object in the Kuiper Belt, named MU69 2014, which is 1.6 billion kilometers from Pluto.

The New Horizons carried the object at NASA, but a subsequent assessment must officially determine that the 2014 MU69 is the next place visited by the spacecraft. Indeed, there is also another possible location in the Kuiper Belt, so writes NASA in a blog post.

Now the New Horizons team must write a proposal to get money for the mission. An independent group of scientists, independent of NASA, will decide next year whether the mission is feasible and then gives possibly a ‘go’. New Horizons is expected to be January 1, 2019 at 2014 MU69, also known as Potential Target 1.

Until then, keep NASA’s 2014 MU69 provisionally as next object. They have to, because the spacecraft has to late October and early November, perform all four maneuvers to end up in the right place in the universe. Without those moves would be an extension of the Pluto mission anyway are not feasible with the current fuel level.

New Horizons came last month when Pluto and beyond is already shaved. Despite dropping the images of the distant dwarf planet still inside. Recently showed off pictures yet that Pluto has two distinct layers of fog and probably flowing ice.


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