New Horizons - Kuiper Belt

New_Horizons-Logo.pngMission Summary
The New Horizons spacecraft was launched in 2006 with the primary mission to perform a flyby study of the Pluto system in 2015, and a secondary mission to fly by and study one or more other Kuiper belt objects (KBOs) in the decade to follow.
Having completed its flyby of Pluto, New Horizons has maneuvered for a flyby of Kuiper belt object (486958) 2014 MU69, expected to take place on January 1, 2019, when it will be 43.4 AU from the Sun.
The science objectives of the flyby include characterizing the geology and morphology of 2014 MU69, mapping the surface composition (searching for ammonia, carbon monoxide, methane, and water ice). Searches will be conducted for orbiting moonlets, a coma, rings, and the surrounding environment.

Documents and PowerPoints
New Horizons_Data Sheet.ppt
New Horizons at Ultima Thule-190229.ppt
New Horizons Journey to Pluto.ppt

Technical Summary.pdf
Mission Guide.pdf
Spacecraft Speeds.pdf

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Wikipedia Links
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860_ultima-thule-2-ca06_linear_m2_to_22_rot270_0.png The most detailed images of Ultima Thule, obtained just minutes before the spacecraft's closest approach on Jan. 1, 2019.

KBO_2014_MU69_HST 2014 MU69 imaged by HST in 2014

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