NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is poised to make exploration history. As 2019 begins, it will fly past 2014 MU69, the most distant world ever explored, a relic of the formation of the solar system in the outer part of the Kuiper belt.
Transcription: “Happy New Year, New Horizons spacecraft! You are about to fly by Ultima Thule, what we used to call 2014 MU69. It’s an object way, way out in the solar system in the Kuiper belt. We’re going to learn more about those objects and about the origin of the solar system and where you and I came from. What a way to start the new year! Way to go, New Horizons! Snap those photos!”
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Mat Kaplan, host of Planetary Radio, has welcomed New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern to his show many times, and has interviewed other members of the mission team. Mat is a frequent moderator for public space science conversations. He will be onsite at the Applied Physics Laboratory and is available for interviews.
Images related to New Horizons and its flyby targets can be found in The Planetary Society’s Bruce Murray Space Image Library — a unique collection of photos and videos from the world’s space agencies, as well as artwork, diagrams, and amateur-processed space images, many of which are not available elsewhere.
The Planetary Society at the Pluto Encounter Footage taken on 14 July 2015 at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory during New Horizons’ historic Pluto encounter; includes Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye and senior editor Emily Lakdawalla celebrating the encounter and congratulating the New Horizons mission team.
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