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As NASA's New Horizons probe reached the halfway mark in sending back data from July's Pluto flyby, members of the mission team submitted an extended mission proposal to NASA outlining a close flyby of a small Kuiper Belt Object on New Year's Day 2019.
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has returned images of Pluto's tiniest moon, Kerberos. In so doing, the far-ranging probe has shown it to be smaller than scientists expected with a highly reflective surface. The spacecraft was also commanded to begin shifting its trajectory to encounter a new Kuiper Belt Object (KBO).
Only a month and a half after New Horizons' historic Pluto system flyby, the mission team has selected a potential target for the spacecraft's second visit – the tiny Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) 2014 MU69, also known as "PT 1" (Potential Target 1). Orbiting almost a billion miles beyond Pluto, 2014 MU69 is estimated to have a diameter slightly under 30 miles (45 km).