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News Archive / Tagged: New Horizons

  • New Horizons mission invites public to celebrate New Year’s KBO flyby

    Laurel KornfeldJanuary 5th, 2018

    The world may have celebrated New Year's 2018 just days ago, but NASA's New Horizons mission is already inviting the public to welcome 2019 with a visit to Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) 2014 MU69.

  • New Horizons put in final hibernation before 2019 KBO flyby

    Laurel KornfeldDecember 24th, 2017

    A little over a year before its New Year's day 2019 flyby of Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) 2014 MU69, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft was put into its final hibernation prior to the visit.

  • Occultation data hints New Horizons’ next flyby target may have a moon

    Laurel KornfeldDecember 13th, 2017

    New Horizons' second target – Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) 2014 MU69 – may have a small moon, mission science team member Marc Buie of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Boulder, Colorado, reported on Monday, December 11, 2017, at this week's meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • Engine burn refines New Horizons’ journey to KBO 2014 MU69

    Laurel KornfeldDecember 12th, 2017

    To optimize the timing of New Horizons' closest flyby of Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) 2014 MU69, mission engineers carried out the spacecraft's last engine burn during the long "cruise" phase of its journey – between Pluto and its second target (MU69) – on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.

  • Vote on names for New Horizons’ second target extended to Dec. 6

    Laurel KornfeldDecember 3rd, 2017

    NASA's public campaign seeking name suggestions for New Horizons' second target, 2014 MU69, has garnered so many creative suggestions that its deadline has been extended for another five days.

  • Atmospheric haze makes Pluto colder than previously thought

    Laurel KornfeldNovember 17th, 2017

    When NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew by Pluto in July 2015, its instruments found the dwarf planet’s atmospheric temperature to be significantly colder than scientists had expected.

  • Public invited to vote on nicknames for New Horizons’ next target

    Laurel KornfeldNovember 8th, 2017

    With just a little over a year remaining until New Horizons' flyby of 2014 MU69, NASA is asking the public for help in choosing a nickname for the Kuiper Belt Object (KBO).

  • Pluto’s bladed terrain is product of its complex geological history

    Laurel KornfeldSeptember 30th, 2017

    A new study of Pluto's bizarre bladed terrain, which stretches as high as skyscrapers on Earth, has identified them as being composed largely of methane ice, formed through erosion caused by long-term changes in the dwarf planet's climate.

  • Wakened from its latest hibernation, New Horizons may visit additional Kuiper Belt Objects

    Laurel KornfeldSeptember 16th, 2017

    Newly awakened from a five-month hibernation, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft may visit a third Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) after flying by 2014 MU69 on Jan. 1, 2019. Mission scientists at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHUAPL) received confirmation from NASA's Deep Space Network in Madrid, Spain, that the probe exited hibernation mode on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017.

  • New Horizons sets flight plan for 2nd target; IAU accepts Pluto system names

    Laurel KornfeldSeptember 9th, 2017

    NASA's New Horizons mission has filed a flight plan for its January 1, 2019, flyby of Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) 2014 MU69, which will bring the spacecraft three times closer to its second target than it came to Pluto during the upcoming encounter.

  • New Horizons’ KBO target may be a binary

    Laurel KornfeldAugust 4th, 2017

    New Horizons' second target – Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) 2014 MU69 – may actually be a binary system composed of two objects that either touch one another or orbit very close together, according to observations conducted by mission scientists when the KBO passed in front of a star on July 17, 2017.

  • New Horizons team obtains wealth of data from 2014 MU69 occultation

    Laurel KornfeldJuly 24th, 2017

    NASA's New Horizons team captured crucial data on Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) 2014 MU69 – the spacecraft's second target – during a third organized observation of the KBO occulting a star on Monday, July 17, 2017.

  • NASA releases New Horizons flyover video

    NASAJuly 15th, 2017

    Using actual New Horizons data and digital elevation models of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, mission scientists have created flyover movies that offer spectacular new perspectives of the many unusual features that were discovered and which have reshaped our views of the Pluto system – from a vantage point even closer than the spacecraft itself.

  • Occultation data raises questions about New Horizons’ target KBO

    Laurel KornfeldJuly 8th, 2017

    Data collected on NASA's New Horizons spacecraft's second flyby target, 2014 MU69, during its June 3 occultation of a star, may indicate the Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) is smaller and brighter than previously thought.

  • New Horizons scientists study KBO by observing star occultation

    Laurel KornfeldJune 23rd, 2017

    A total of 54 New Horizons observation teams successfully obtained crucial data about the spacecraft's second target, 2014 MU69, when the Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) occulted (or passed in front of) a star on the night of June 2–3.