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New horizons gets the green light from NASA to explore a world beyond pluto

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Posted in Science on 6th Jul, 2016 04:39 PM by AlexMuller

New Horizons, the craft that showed us Pluto up close for the first time, just received NASA approval to forge ahead to an ancient target beyond Pluto. As the team completed the mission's history-making Pluto exploration last July, the fate of the little spacecraft that could was up in the air.

 

It continued past Pluto and started heading for MU69, an icy, 20-30 mile wide Kuiper Belt object that's "a time capsule from the earliest days of our solar system," PopSci's Shannon Stirone wrote. But without approval, the spacecraft faced the possibility of a lights-out within the year. Last week's green light lets the New Horizon's team continue bee-lining for MU69, with a rendezvous date set for January 1, 2019.

 

NASA also announced approval for a number of other mission extensions: the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN), the Opportunity and Curiosity Mars rovers, the Mars Odyssey orbiter, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and the European Space Agency’s Mars Express mission.

Tags: spaceNASAPlutoNew Horizonsspacecraftsolar system

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-07-07
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NASA is making great plans and investments to further its space explorations, all great news. After the amazing success of New Horizons in exploring Pluto, it is expected to continue its mission
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-07-07
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Indeed, it is good to see that after the mission's history-making Pluto exploration last July, the fate of the little spacecraft is to continue explorations Reply
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