We Made It to Pluto! What’s Next for New Horizons?

Artist’s Concept Of A Kuiper Belt Object, Image courtesy of NASA via PopSci.com

Nine years ago, a piano-sized spacecraft left the cradle of Earth to visit a strange world on the edge of the solar system. It traveled past the orbits of the familiar rocky planets and swooped through the region of the gas giants. After getting a speed boost from Jupiter, it didn’t encounter another object for years. It persevered through the cold, dark space until reaching the twilight world of Pluto. There it made history on July 14th, becoming the first spacecraft to meet Pluto and encounter an ice dwarf. It took pictures and measurements that will serve mankind for years to come… And its mission may not be over yet.
What’s next for New Horizons?



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