Far beyond Pluto: What's next for NASA's New Horizons probe?

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew by Pluto seven years ago, but the probe's work is far from done.

New Horizons is still on duty in extended mission mode, diving ever deeper into the Kuiper Belt to examine ancient, 

New Horizons launched in January 2006 and carried out a reconnaissance study of Pluto

. That encounter revealed Pluto to be an incredibly diverse world

 the nuclear-powered probe kept its eyes open even after Pluto was in the rear-view mirror.

 New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Colorado

 astrophysics, New Horizons will study the cosmic optical and ultraviolet background, getting a nice view beyond the obscuring dust

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