Posted: Oct 19, 2016 12:21 pm
by newolder
The next target for NASA's New Horizons mission – which made a historic flight past Pluto in July 2015 –– apparently bears a colorful resemblance to its famous, main destination.

Hubble Space Telescope data suggests that 2014 MU69, a small Kuiper Belt object (KBO) about a billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) beyond Pluto, is as red, if not redder, than Pluto. This is the first hint at the surface properties of the far-flung object that New Horizons will survey on Jan. 1, 2019.

Mission scientists are discussing this and other Pluto and Kuiper Belt findings this week at the joint meeting of the American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences and European Planetary Science Congress in Pasadena, California...

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ETA Overlayed Hubble Space Telescope images of 2014 MU69