Space Science Reviews

, 214:77 | Cite as

The New Horizons Kuiper Belt Extended Mission

  • S. A. Stern
  • H. A. Weaver
  • J. R. Spencer
  • H. A. Elliott
  • the New Horizons Team
Article

Abstract

The central objective of the New Horizons prime mission was to make the first exploration of Pluto and its system of moons. Following that, New Horizons has been approved for its first extended mission, which has the objectives of extensively studying the Kuiper Belt environment, observing numerous Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs) and Centaurs in unique ways, and making the first close flyby of the KBO 486958 2014 MU69. This review summarizes the objectives and plans for this approved mission extension, and briefly looks forward to potential objectives for subsequent extended missions by New Horizons.

Keywords

NASA New Horizons Pluto Kuiper Belt 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This work was supported by NASA New Horizons funding. We thank two anonymous referees for close readings of this review and their many useful comments.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. A. Stern
    • 1
  • H. A. Weaver
    • 2
  • J. R. Spencer
    • 1
  • H. A. Elliott
    • 3
  • the New Horizons Team
  1. 1.Space Science and Engineering DivisionSouthwest Research InstituteBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Johns Hopkins Applied Physics LaboratoryLaurelUSA
  3. 3.Space Science and Engineering DivisionSouthwest Research InstituteSan AntonioUSA

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