PIA22190: New Horizons Encountering 2014 MU69 (Artist's Impression)


New Horizons Encountering 2014 MU69 (Artist’s Impression)

Caption:

Artist's impression of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft encountering 2014 MU69, a Kuiper Belt object that orbits one billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) beyond Pluto, on Jan. 1, 2019.

Background Info:

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, designed, built, and operates the New Horizons spacecraft, and manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate. The Southwest Research Institute, based in San Antonio, leads the science team, payload operations and encounter science planning. New Horizons is part of the New Frontiers Program managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Ultima Thule Pluto
System Kuiper Belt Pluto
Target Type Dwarf Planet TNO
Mission New Horizons
Instrument Host New Horizons
Host Type Flyby Spacecraft
Instrument
Detector
Extra Keywords Artwork, Color
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2018-01-04
Date in Caption 2019-01-01
Image Credit NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/Steve Gribben
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA22190
Identifier PIA22190