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  • Seven co-investigators join New Horizons team

    Laurel KornfeldMarch 17th, 2017

    In anticipation of New Horizons' flyby of its second target – Kuiper Belt Object 2014 MU69 – on January 1, 2019, NASA and Principal Investigator Alan Stern have added seven new co-investigators to the mission team.

  • New Horizons performs course correction on path toward second target

    Laurel KornfeldFebruary 3rd, 2017

    After spending six days in a special mode to capture distant photographs of six Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs), the New Horizons probe underwent a minor course correction engine burn sending it toward its second flyby target, KBO 2014 MU69.

  • Final Pluto data returned by New Horizons, but analysis is just beginning

    Laurel KornfeldNovember 3rd, 2016

    Fifteen months after New Horizons' historic Pluto flyby, the spacecraft has finally returned the last of the data it had collected about the Pluto system.

  • New Horizons shows possible clouds on Pluto, target KBO reddish

    Laurel KornfeldOctober 20th, 2016

    Data presented by New Horizons mission scientists at the current American Astronomical Society (AAS) Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) Conference suggest possible clouds in Pluto's hazy atmosphere, and also show the spacecraft's second target, Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) 2014 MU69, to have the same reddish color as Pluto.

  • Dwarf planet with eccentric orbit discovered in the Kuiper Belt

    Laurel KornfeldJuly 13th, 2016

    Astronomers working on a study of the orbital structure and history of the outer Solar System announced their discovery of a new dwarf planet beyond Pluto in a 700-year eccentric solar orbit.

  • New Horizons extended mission approved; Sputnik Planum nitrogen ice shows intricate patterns

    Laurel KornfeldJuly 6th, 2016

    NASA has officially given the green light to the mission extension of their New Horizons spacecraft – a visit to the small Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) known as 2014 MU69, located close to a billion miles beyond Pluto.

  • Pluto’s moon Charon has giant canyon; New Horizons studies small KBO

    Laurel KornfeldJune 28th, 2016

    Argo Chasma, a huge canyon located on the eastern limb of Pluto's largest moon, Charon, is longer, deeper, and more complex than the Grand Canyon on Earth.

  • New Horizons mission extension submitted to NASA; images of Pluto’s hazes show new detail

    Laurel KornfeldApril 21st, 2016

    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.

  • KBO selected for New Horizons’ second target

    Laurel KornfeldAugust 31st, 2015

    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).

  • Hubble detects New Horizons’ targets beyond Pluto

    Laurel KornfeldOctober 17th, 2014

    From its earliest days, NASA’s New Horizons mission was viewed as having a dual purpose–the first being to fly by and image the Pluto system and the second to visit one or more of the tiny Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs) beyond Pluto — relics left intact from the solar system’s earliest days. With the help of the […]