NASA : New Horizons is set to meet deeper space object
Nine-and-a-half years ago a spacecraft called New Horizons set up on a mission to Pluto. And it is a first space craft that reached to Pluto.
After nine and half years and covering 3.6 billion miles New Horizons successfully reached at Pluto. After it’s historic first-ever flyby of Pluto, this mission finally got the green light to fly onward to an object deeper in the Kuiper Belt. And now NASA’s officials give authorization for continuing space exploration with new horizons towards a Kuiper Belt object known as 2014 MU69.
What is 2014 MU69?
2014 MU69 is a minor planet. It was discovered on June 26, 2014 using the powerful telescope on Earth Hubble Telescope. 2014 MU69 was discovered while surveying a suitable object in the Kuiper Belt for New Horizon’s next target.
2014 MU69 is believed to be 20-30 miles (30-45 km) in diameter. It has 293 days of orbital period and it also have low inclination and eccentricity. The encounter with the deep space object is planned to occur in January 1, 2019.
New Horizon mission is aimed to provide new understanding of Kuiper Belt objects.
NASA also revealed that the mission had received funding to continue its exploration. This mission started with a aim reach the outer side of our solar system. Going deeper into the Kuiper Belt, it will study on small icy object.
Some Fact about New Horizon space craft
In 2001 New Horizons mission get green light to encounter with Pluto. Normally every space craft take 10 years to build, but team do not had much time so they require some creative solutions. This space craft created within 4 years. And it is the fastest man-made object which leaves the earth. On January 19, 2006 space craft was launched by the Atlas V rocket launcher.
In 2038 New Horizons will be 100 AU (Astronomical Unit, unit of measuring length, 1 Astronomical Unit =149 597 871 kilometers) from the Sun. If still functioning, the probe will explore the outer Heliosphere.
Checkout my full coverage of New Horizons Pluto mission at New Horizons – An Outlandish Journey in Universe Starts with Pluto.