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New Horizons, NASA’s Pluto-Kuiper Belt Mission and the 2014 MU69 (“ULTIMA THULE”) Encounter

In 2006, NASA dispatched an ambassador to the planetary frontier, The New Horizons spacecraft. After 10 years and more than 3 billion miles, on a historic voyage that has already taken it over the storms and around the moons of Jupiter, New Horizons has shed light on new kinds of worlds on the outskirts of the solar system. On July 14, 2015, New Horizons flew 12,500 km (7,800 mi) above the surface of Pluto and continued into rare territory, encountering the cold classical Kuiper Belt object (KBO) 2014 MU69 (informally named “Ultima Thule”) on 1 January 2019.

Dr. Moore will review the initial geological analysis of MU69, which has two lobes that have been informally designated “Ultima” and “Thule” by the New Horizons team.

Saturday, 04/20/19


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2nd Floor, Spees Bldg, Galileo Room
Oakland, CA 94619

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