Hubble Joins Hunt for New Target for Pluto-Bound Probe

June 17, 2014 5:34 PM

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Hubble Joins Hunt for New Target for Pluto-Bound Probe

The Hubble Space Telescope has joined the hunt for a target beyond Pluto for NASA’s New Horizons robotic spacecraft.

Three years of searching for a suitable Kuiper Belt Object, or KBO, with ground-based telescopes proved fruitless and scientists are running out of time. A close encounter with a KBO is a major part of New Horizons’ science goals to investigate outer bodies in the solar system. The spacecraft, whic...

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