NASA extends New Horizons mission
NASA has officially announced the extension of the New Horizons mission. Last year, the spacecraft served its actual purpose wonderfully at the time of historic flyby of the Pluto system. For months, it has been hurtling in the direction of parts-less-known.
Last year in October, scientists made New Horizons fire its thrusters so that it can change its position course in the direction of an object called 2014 MU69. Now, because of the funding approval, the team is well aware that it will be there to go through the data when New Horizons reaches that fresh target in 2019.
In a statement, NASA's Director of Planetary Science Jim Green said, “The New Horizons mission to Pluto exceeded our expectations and even today data from spacecraft continue to surprise. We're excited to continue onward into dark depths of outer solar system to a science target that wasn't even discovered when spacecraft launched”.
There have been questions about why it will study a random space rock? Pluto is highly thought of as present at the solar system’s the outer edge, knowing the fact that it was once called the most far away planet. Partially, the reassignment of Pluto as a ‘dwarf’ has been due to the fact that it's really, really not the last stop prior to interstellar space. Rather, it is quite inside of something known as the Kuiper Belt, an asteroid belt packed with space objects quite more confusing that Pluto.
The object 2014 MU69 is located 1 billion miles inside the chilly area of the space, 1 billion miles nearer to the actual edge of the solar system.
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