The planned search will involve targeting a small area of sky in search of a Kuiper Belt object for the outbound spacecraft to visit.
The Hubble Space Telescope Time Allocation Committee has decided to use the Hubble space telescope to search the Kuiper Belt for a target for the New Horizons mission to flyby.
After visiting Pluto (still a planet), New Horizons will bead out to the Kuiper Belt to observe at least on other object on its way out of the solar system.
Hubble will search a small area for a Kuiper Belt object (KBO) for the outbound spacecraft to visit.
A KBO has never been seen up close because the belt is so far from the Sun, but Hubble has imaged KBO’s before.
If we are lucky perhaps New Horizons will even get us our first glimpse of the Ort Cloud.
– Ex astris, scientia –
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