NASA’s New Horizons Is Awake and Ready to Explore Space Beyond Pluto

An artist’s impression of New Horizons flying past Ultima Thule.
Illustration: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

Pluto’s most famous visitor, the New Horizons spacecraft, has woken up after 165 days of hibernation.

The probe is traveling onward to its next target, another mysterious Kuiper Belt object hiding in the far depths of the Solar System. Its nickname is Ultima Thule, though I prefer the much nicer MU69.

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