New Horizons has passed Pluto but the space probe’s work isn’t done yet.
NASA has selected a potential new target for New Horizons to fly past located nearly one billion miles beyond the dwarf planet in the Kuiper Belt, an area beyond Pluto’s orbit of the Sun that is the largest structure in the planetary system, with more than 100,000 miniature worlds ripe for exploration.
Before New Horizons reaches the Kuiper Belt object, known as 2014 MU69, a proposal will have to be evaluated by an independent team of experts before the flyby is officially approved.
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