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New Horizons has enough fuel for 20 more years

The importance of New Horizons’ Kuiper Belt explorations cannot be understated. Pluto is, after all, technically located in the area, where a number of KBOs (Kuiper Belt Objects) are located. And since we know precious little about the region, any explorations New Horizons make going forward are potentially groundbreaking. And, according to the mission’s principal investigator Alan Stern, the spacecraft has enough fuel for another two decades of missions, missions that could change what we know about our solar system.

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“It took us nine-and-a-half years and over 3 billion miles to get to our target—Not just Pluto. The Kuiper Belt,” said Stern. “New Horizons will be busy over the coming years making multiple KBO observations. So that by the end of the process, we will have this fantastic data set. I don’t know of any other way over the next several years, except through New Horizons, that we can develop a data set like that.”

Stern also believes that a possible 2014 MU69 flyby would be a “landmark” event. On the surface, this would allow New Horizons to break records in the field of deep space exploration, but more importantly, there’s a wealth of information that could be gleaned from such a flyby. There are also up to 20 different KBOs that may be explored in brief en route to 2014 MU69, and NASA hopes to gather data on their sizes, shapes, and surface properties.

Currently, NASA is evaluating this Kuiper Belt Extended Mission (KEM) proposal, which means the ball’s now in the space agency’s court. It will be up to NASA to decide whether New Horizons gets to explore 2014 MU69 and other KBOs, and we may know by this summer whether the proposal gets greenlighted.

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