2014 mu69

NASA's New Horizons probe, which flew past Pluto last month, now has a second target to aim for. The New Horizons team has selected an object named 2014 MU69, which lies roughly 1 billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) beyond Pluto, as the next target for up-close study by the spacecraft, NASA announced today (Aug. 28). However, the space agency still must officially approve a New Horizons mission extension for the second flyby to take place in 2019.

NASA's New Horizons probe, which flew past Pluto last month, now has a second target to aim for. The New Horizons team has selected an object named 2014 MU69, which lies roughly 1 billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) beyond Pluto, as the next target for up-close study by the spacecraft, NASA announced today (Aug. 28). However, the space agency still must officially approve a New Horizons mission extension for the second flyby to take place in 2019.

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New Horizons' Next Target: 2014 MU69

New Horizons' Next Target: 2014 MU69

The New Horizons spacecraft has a second target in the Kuiper belt: an icy boulder dubbed 2014 MU69.

The New Horizons spacecraft has a second target in the Kuiper belt: an icy boulder dubbed 2014 MU69.

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New Horizons Refines Course for Next Flyby  NASA Spacecraft Also Observes Distant Kuiper Belt Objects

New Horizons Refines Course for Next Flyby NASA Spacecraft Also Observes Distant Kuiper Belt Objects

About the 2014 MU69 that orbits nearly a billion miles beyond Pluto, the next target for New Horizons.

About the 2014 MU69 that orbits nearly a billion miles beyond Pluto, the next target for New Horizons.

The spacecraft will visit 2014 MU69, another piece of the frigid debris beyond Neptune along the Kuiper belt.

The spacecraft will visit 2014 MU69, another piece of the frigid debris beyond Neptune along the Kuiper belt.

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