Watch NASA's New Horizons Historic Pluto Flyby Video

Posted: Sep 2 2015, 9:35am CDT | by , Updated: Sep 2 2015, 6:43pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

Watch NASA's New Horizons Historic Pluto Flyby Video
  • NASA’s New Horizon spacecraft will now travel to a Kuiper Belt object!

The Kuiper Belt object known as 2014 MU69 will be the next destination of the NASA spacecraft.

Earlier in July, the NASA spacecraft New Horizon made history. The spacecraft travelled way past the planet Pluto. Right now, the spacecraft is 3 billion miles or 4.9 billion kilometres away from Earth.

But New Horizon will not stop after surpassing Pluto. The spacecraft will now travel even further into space. The new destination of the spacecraft is a Kuiper Belt object. The object is named 2014 MU69.

The travel will take place in 2016. Before the journey starts, NASA will carry out a review of the journey plan. The mission will have to be officially approved first of course.

The New Horizon spacecraft will reach 2014 MU69 by the 1st of January 2019. The 2014 MU69 is like a building block of worlds. The worlds resemble the planet Pluto and are icy. One of the objects is the PT1 but, not big enough as Pluto.

The journey of the New Horizon will cost less fuel to reach 2014 MU69. According to scientists, the Kuiper Belt is a 45 km object and may have been the starting point of many planets. The New Horizon has enough fuel stored for travel until the year 2020.

So it gives the spacecraft plenty of time to make ground-breaking flybys. John Grunsfeld is an astronaut and chief of the NASA Science Mission Directorate.

Grunsfeld told that they are looking for the next destination for the intrepid explorer. Scientists are still awed over the images they obtained from New Horizon. The images also show the 2014 MU69 is a comet-like object.

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