NASA heads New Horizons spacecraft towards an ancient red object, called 2014 MU69. The redness indicates the presence of a molecule class called tholin. MU69 is “redder” than Pluto, which means it’s a true member of the Cold Classical belt — the region that houses some of the most ancient material known to our solar system. New Horizons is expected to arrive New Year's Day 2019.
NASA's New Horizons probe, which flew past Pluto last month, now has a second target to aim for. The New Horizons team has selected an object named 2014 MU69, which lies roughly 1 billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) beyond Pluto, as the next target for up-close study by the spacecraft, NASA announced today (Aug. 28). However, the space agency still must officially approve a New Horizons mission extension for the second flyby to take place in 2019.
New Horizons isn't going to get much of a rest. Following its historic flyby of Pluto on July 14, NASA has selected the next potential destination for the unmanned spacecraft – a planetoid called 2014 MU69 that lies a billion miles beyond Pluto's orbit.