I always assumed that NASA had plans to explore other Kuiper Belt objects after the New Horizon’s probe flew by Pluto. But I’m a bit surprised that they’re just now working out what those objects will be: Two Kuiper Belt objects found: Hubble to proceed with full search for New Horizons targets — ScienceDaily.
Planetary scientists have successfully used the Hubble Space Telescope to find two Kuiper Belt objects for NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto. After the marathon probe zooms past Pluto in July 2015, it will travel across the Kuiper Belt — a vast rim of primitive ice bodies left over from the birth of our solar system 4.6 billion years ago. If NASA approves, the probe could be redirected to fly to a Kuiper Belt object and photograph it up close.
I’m looking forward to seeing clear pictures of Pluto and Charon next year!
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There was actually a citizen science project several years ago to look through imagery and find candidates for the extended mission. I wish they discussed that in the article.
Thanks. That’s good to know.