Pluto flyby: New Horizons

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the wording's a bit ambiguous. Those KBOs were discovered from Earth: the Subaru telescope is doing a survey of possible targets for another New Horizons flyby. NH is doing followup observations.

I did not know that the Subaru telescope was doing a survey for New Horizons to aid a possible future flyby, thanks Hobbes.
 

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View: https://twitter.com/alanstern/status/1343321074684071937


#PI_Daily Did you know? @NewHorizons2015 is moving faster than both Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11 and will overtake them in about 2217 (at ~640 AU) and 2118 (at ~340 AU), respectively! (1 AU=The distance from the Earth to the Sun, 93 million miles) #NASA #Science #Space

Interesting, so in 2217 NewHorizons will become the new most distant man made object launched from Earth. :cool:
 

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no. Voyager 1 and 2 are faster than New Horizons, Voyager 1 will remain the most distant man made object launched from Earth. There are some 'interstellar probe' studies which could result in a spacecraft that's much faster than the Voyagers (IIRC 2-4 times the speed was the goal).
 

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no. Voyager 1 and 2 are faster than New Horizons, Voyager 1 will remain the most distant man made object launched from Earth. There are some 'interstellar probe' studies which could result in a spacecraft that's much faster than the Voyagers (IIRC 2-4 times the speed was the goal).

Oops, forgot about Voyager's 1 & 2 being faster, of course Voyager 1 had that massive kick out of the Solar System when it tried to get pictures of Titan. :oops:
 

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From December 2019:
Uranus and neptune orbiters should have far higher priority, as should a Chiron flyby to study the transition between KBO and short period comet, but one can always hope for all three.
The problem for the Pluto orbiter is it is really only possible with something like nuclear electric propulsion.
 

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The problem for the Pluto orbiter is it is really only possible with something like nuclear electric propulsion.
You think that a nuclear electric propulsion option will not be approved in the current political climate?
 
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