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NASA spoke about the future of New Horizons

NASA рассказало о будущем New HorizonsBy January 1, 2019 station should attain the heavenly bodies 2014 MU69.

Currently, New Horizons is at a distance of about 1.6 billion kilometers beyond the orbit of Pluto in the Kuiper belt. This remote region of the Solar system filled with lots of icy celestial bodies, the study of which will New Horizons — the only man-made object placed in this region of space.

By January 1, 2019 station should attain the heavenly bodies 2014 MU69. In diameter it is about 45 kilometers, and from other Kuiper belt objects it is distinguished by an unusual orbit. Its shape indicates that 2014 MU69 arose in the early stages of the birth of the Solar system. In April 2017, the device will be half the distance to the object.

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This celestial body, as noted by scholars, New Horizons, was chosen from three options available due at the station a sufficient amount of fuel. Radioisotope thermoelectric generator mounted on the New Horizons, will last until about the middle of 2030-ies.

The signal delay from the station at 2014 MU69 to the Ground will be about six hours. For this reason, all of the team at New Horizons will be sent in advance. Pictures 2014 MU69, as noted by the scientists of the mission will be received in a higher resolution than the pictures of Pluto.

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Station New Horizons on 14 July 2015 flew at a minimum distance past Pluto. The main objective of the mission was to study the dwarf planet and its satellite Charon. Earlier in the Kuiper belt station did Quaver dwarf planet, whose diameter is estimated at 1,260 kilometers, which is about two times smaller than Pluto.

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