For the past 17 years, New Horizons has traveled past our planets, flew-by Pluto, currently in the Kuiper Belt (KB), and could reach Interstellar space by 2040! This week at Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG), debates about New Horizons were conducted as Alan Stern, PI for New Horizons, proposed extending the mission so that more research could be done in relation to Kuiper Belt Objects (KBO). As the Decadal Survey originally stated New Horizons “Value increases as it observes more KBOs and investigates the diversity of their properties”. However, per a directive from NASA, New Horizons is shifting these next two years to focus its efforts in heliophysics. Regardless of its future, it will be exciting to see what new discoveries New Horizons make!
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