Tag Archives: Kuiper Belt

New Horizons probe zeroes in on Ultima Thule

Act Two of the 12-year-old New Horizons mission to Pluto and the solar system’s icy Kuiper Belt is heating up, with less than a month to go before NASA’s piano-sized spacecraft makes history’s farthest-out close encounter with a celestial object. The New Year’s flyby … Continue reading

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New Horizons and OSIRIS-REx spot their targets

The next few months are due to bring two amazing interplanetary encounters: a rendezvous with an asteroid and a flyby past a mysterious icy object beyond Pluto on the solar system’s edge. Over the past few days, we’ve gotten our … Continue reading

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New Horizons probe wakes up for post-Pluto flyby

The mission operations team for NASA’s New Horizons probe has awakened the spacecraft from its robotic hibernation, and now it’ll stay awake for its scheduled Jan. 1 flyby of a mysterious object on the solar system’s edge, known as 2014 … Continue reading

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Our farthest-out camera sends cosmic snapshot

Two and a half years after becoming the first probe to study Pluto up close, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is gaining more fame for possessing the solar system’s farthest-out camera in operation. Today NASA released a set of images captured by New Horizons’ … Continue reading

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One year later, New Horizons revisits Pluto flyby

One year ago today, NASA’s New Horizons probe whizzed past Pluto and opened up a new frontier for planetary science – and to mark the occasion, the mission team is looking back at its greatest hits and looking ahead to a landing. … Continue reading

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New Horizons mission extended to Kuiper Belt

Almost a year after New Horizons’ unprecedented flyby of Pluto, NASA has given the official go-ahead for the probe to fly past another icy object in the Kuiper Belt in 2019. At the same time, the space agency decided to … Continue reading

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Solar system’s most distant world detected

Astronomers say they’ve identified the most distant celestial object in our solar system – a speck of light more than three times farther out than Pluto, called V774104. The object is smaller than Pluto or Eris, which rank as the largest known worlds beyond … Continue reading

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