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New Horizons May Get Its First Mission Beyond Pluto

The next destination for the New Horizons mission to visit after its historic July 14 flyby of the Pluto system is likely a small Kuiper Belt object (KBO)

With just a little over a year remaining until New Horizons' flyby of 2014 MU69, NASA is requesting suggestions for a nickname for the Kuiper Belt Object.

With just a little over a year remaining until New Horizons' flyby of 2014 MU69, NASA is requesting suggestions for a nickname for the Kuiper Belt Object.

Artist's impression of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft encountering a Pluto-like object in the distant Kuiper Belt. NASA announced today (Aug. 28, 2015) that it has selected 2014 MU69 as its first choice for the probe's secondary mission.

2014 is a Kuiper belt object (KBO), is a region of the Solar System beyond the planets, extending from the orbit of Neptune (at 30 AU) to approximately 50 AU from the Sun.

New Horizons' Next Target: 2014 MU69

Sedna is a dwarf planet candidate that is one of the most distant bodies found in our solar system.

2014 MU69: Next Target for New Horizons

After its historic flyby of Pluto, the New Horizons spacecraft is on its way to rendezvous with a tiny, icy Kuiper Belt object.

Hjælp NASA med et bedre navn til (486958) 2014 MU69 | Viden | DR

Hjælp NASA med et bedre navn til (486958) 2014 MU69 | Viden | DR

New Horizons target, 2014 MU69 (green circles), as it travels across a dense field of stars in the background.

New Horizons target, 2014 (green circles), as it travels across a dense field of stars in the background.

After its historic flyby of Pluto, the New Horizons spacecraft is on its way to rendezvous with a tiny, icy Kuiper Belt object.

2014 Next Target for New HorizonsThis image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows the Kuiper Belt object 2014 Credit: NASA,

Looking for 2014 MU69

International Occultation Timing Association members observe the occultation of Kuiper Belt object 2014

NASA Wants Your Help Nicknaming Planet (486958) 2014 MU69...

NASA Wants Your Help Nicknaming Planet (486958) 2014 MU69...

New top story from Time: Marcia Dunn / APNASA Wants Your Help Naming a Tiny World at the End of the Solar System http://time.com/5013582/nasa-2014-mu69-naming-contest/| Visit http://www.omnipopmag.com/main For More!!! #Omnipop #Omnipopmag

NASA Wants Your Help Naming a Tiny World at the End of the Solar System

New top story from Time: Marcia Dunn / APNASA Wants Your Help Naming a Tiny World at the End of the Solar System http://time.com/5013582/nasa-2014-mu69-naming-contest/| Visit http://www.omnipopmag.com/main For More!!! #Omnipop #Omnipopmag

Halfway There! New Horizons Reaches Midpoint of Journey to Distant Asteroid NASA’s New Horizons probe has reached the halfway point on its journey from Pluto to the Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) 2014 MU69. Since New Horizons made its closest approach to Pluto in July 2015, it has traveled 486.19 million miles – half the distance to 2014 MU69 – as of 8:00 p.m. EST on April 2.

Halfway There! New Horizons Reaches Midpoint of Journey to Distant Asteroid

Halfway There! New Horizons Reaches Midpoint of Journey to Distant Asteroid NASA’s New Horizons probe has reached the halfway point on its journey from Pluto to the Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) 2014 MU69. Since New Horizons made its closest approach to Pluto in July 2015, it has traveled 486.19 million miles – half the distance to 2014 MU69 – as of 8:00 p.m. EST on April 2.

G.A.B.I.E.: «2014 MU69», el próximo mundo congelado que explor...

G.A.B.I.E.: «2014 MU69», el próximo mundo congelado que explor...

An annotated overlay of 5 Hubble Space Telescope Wide Field Camera 3 discovery images of 2014 MU69 taken on June 24, 2014. The images were taken at 10-minute intervals. The positions of 2014 MU69 in the 5 images are shown by the green circles. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

An annotated overlay of 5 Hubble Space Telescope Wide Field Camera 3 discovery images of 2014 taken on June The images were taken at intervals. The positions of 2014 in the 5 images are shown by the green circles. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

This artist's illustration depicts NASA's New Horizons probe flying by a small object in the distant Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto's orbit.

This artist's impression shows the New Horizons spacecraft encountering a Pluto-like object in the distant Kuiper Belt. (Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/Steve Gribben)

Halfway There! New Horizons Reaches Midpoint of Journey to Distant Asteroid Halfway There! New Horizons Reaches Midpoint of Journey to Distant Asteroid NASA’s New Horizons probe has reached the halfway point on its journey from Pluto to the Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) 2014 MU69. Since New Horizons made its closest approach to Pluto in July 2015, it has traveled 486.19 million miles – half the distance to 2014 MU69 – as of 8:00 p.m. EST on April 2.

Halfway There! New Horizons Reaches Midpoint of Journey to Distant Asteroid

Halfway There! New Horizons Reaches Midpoint of Journey to Distant Asteroid Halfway There! New Horizons Reaches Midpoint of Journey to Distant Asteroid NASA’s New Horizons probe has reached the halfway point on its journey from Pluto to the Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) 2014 MU69. Since New Horizons made its closest approach to Pluto in July 2015, it has traveled 486.19 million miles – half the distance to 2014 MU69 – as of 8:00 p.m. EST on April 2.

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