New Horizons space probe will visit objects in the Kuiper belt




NASA has announced that it will send its New Horizons spacecraft in the direction of a number of objects in the Kuiper belt. One of the goals is MU69, a celestial body that probably played a role in the formation of the solar system.

The space agency posted on its website details of the mission. New Horizons has received official green light to fly to an object named MU69. Along the way information is collected about other celestial bodies located in the Kuiper Belt, including the dwarf planet Eris. Although the Kuiper Belt is located at the outer edge of the solar system, New Horizons is already a long way; The spacecraft has already flown by Pluto. Nevertheless, it will take several years before MU69 is achieved that a bit further lies in the Kuiper belt, counted from the sun. A visit to the space object should probably be more clear about the formation of the solar system.

Last year, NASA let all know that it would be possible to extend the mission of New Horizons to visit a number of objects in the Kuiper belt. However, there still had to be filed a detailed proposal to get money for the trip, something that the mission leaders so now it succeeded.

New Horizons was best known for his mission to Pluto, which for the first sharp photos were shot from the dwarf planet. Then were seen among other large icebergs.

At the same time NASA has decided that another spacecraft named Dawn, circles remains circling around dwarf planet Ceres. Initially there was talk that the probe would fly to an asteroid belt.


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