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New Horizons Spies a Kuiper Belt Companion

New Horizons spacecraft is doing some sightseeing along the way, as it speeds toward a New Year’s Day 2019 date with an ancient object in the distant region beyond Pluto. The spacecraft spotted the dwarf planet Quaoar (“Kwa-war”), which is roughly half the size of Pluto. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/2ceMVSa New Horizons flew by Pluto in July 2015 and is now heading onward to a new destination.

from BBC News

New Horizons: Pluto probe's next target chosen

Nasa's New Horizons spacecraft has a new target to aim for following its historic flyby of Pluto. It is called 2014 MU69, and was one of two comet-like objects that were under consideration by scientists working on the mission. The US space agency will now carry out a review of the plan before officially approving the mission's extension.

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New Horizons Team Selects Potential Kuiper Belt Flyby Target

NASA has selected the potential next destination for the New Horizons mission to visit after its historic July 14 flyby of the Pluto system.

New Horizons - Path of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft toward its next potential target, the Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, nicknamed "PT1" (for "Potential Target 1") by the New Horizons team. Although NASA has selected 2014 MU69 as the target, as part of its normal review process the agency will conduct a detailed assessment before officially approving the mission extension to conduct additional science. (Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research…