After snapping beautiful images of Pluto, New Horizons has set its sights on an ancient body in the Kuiper Belt. The space probe has completed the last of four maneuvers and is now on course for "2014 MU69" with an expected interception date of January 2019 (if the project gets NASA's seal of approval). As glorious as a trip into the unknown would be, even just executing these targeting burns is an impressive effort considering how far away from Earth the probe is. "This is another milestone in the life of an already successful mission that's returning exciting new data every day," said Curt Niebur, New Horizons program scientist at NASA Headquarters. "These course adjustments preserve the option of studying an even more distant object in the future, as New Horizons continues its remarkable journey."
If we explore 2014 MU69, it will go from unknown to humans to the most distant object explored by humanity in a span of under 5 years.— Alex Parker (@Alex_Parker) November 5, 2015
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