What’s after Pluto? NASA picks objects in the Kuiper belt for New Horizons mission

October 16, 2014 4:06 PM

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Although NASA's New Horizons spacecraft hasn't completed its primary mission yet, a flyby of the dwarf planet Pluto. The agency is planning ahead by using the Hubble Space Telescope for picking out potential target objects in the solar system's distant Kuiper belt.

The Kuiper belt is that part of the solar system that extends beyond the planets. The frozen objects it contains come from when the solar system first formed 4.6 billion years ago. Astronomers have confirmed thousands of these objects, but believe the actual number could be in the hundreds of thousa...

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