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New Horizons Next Target: 2014 MU69

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posted on Oct, 26 2015 @ 12:01 PM
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Back on October 22nd, New Horizons fired it's engines in a 16 minute burn to start it on it's way with an encounter with Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU89.

The maneuver is the first of 4 burns that New Horizons will have to do in order to reach 2014 MU69 which lays about 1 billion miles away.

MU69 is quite different from Pluto, according to scientist as it's only 30 miles across and is most likely made up of pristine materials that were used to make up the planetary bodies within our own solar system.

Arrival date is set for January 2019, so we won't have to wait as long as we did for Pluto itself to see a new place.

However, the flyby is not firm on the books, as NASA still has to approve the extended mission of New Horizons by next year.

Here's the link for the full article:

New Horizons Heads For 2nd Target




posted on Oct, 26 2015 @ 12:05 PM
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Snowball fight anyone?



posted on Oct, 26 2015 @ 12:10 PM
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Can't wait to see what it looks like up close.



posted on Oct, 26 2015 @ 12:13 PM
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a reply to: eriktheawful

Wish i could show my face of expression, buuut who am i to judge



posted on Oct, 26 2015 @ 12:14 PM
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I'm hoping for something way out there, like this:




posted on Oct, 26 2015 @ 12:16 PM
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a reply to: eriktheawful

Wouldnt it be awesome if it was solid to the core?




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