Pluto Probe New Horizons Has A Few Scientific Flybys Left
After Pluto, New Horizons won't have many opportunities to pass by scientific targets out in the vast reaches of the Kuiper belt.By Evan Thomas | August 30, 2015
The New Horizons probe is past Pluto and on its way to the Kuiper belt, and NASA has already settled on a candidate for the next flyby. (Video via NASA)
2014 MU69 is almost a billion miles more distant than Pluto, which itself is currently about 3.6 billion miles from the sun. 2014 MU69 and rocks like it are far enough away from everything else to act as something of a cosmic time capsule.
NASA says Kuiper belt objects are "thought to represent a well preserved, deep-freeze sample of what the outer solar system was like following its birth 4.6 billion years ago."