Nearly eight years after its historic flyby of Pluto, NASA’s New Horizons probe is getting ready to go to work. This time, the area from Uranus and Neptune to distant Kuiper belt objects will fall into the field of view of the device.
During a scientific conference on the study of the moon and planets, which took place in Woodlands, Texas, scientists from the New Horizons team gave a preview of what lies ahead for the research probe.
From its vantage point in the Kuiper belt, the spacecraft will have the best vantage point for observations that only spacecraft far beyond the orbits of Uranus and Neptune can make. The new images will help researchers better understand how cloud structures evolve on the two ice giants.
Let me remind you that on June 1, 2022, engineers put the New Horizons apparatus into sleep mode in order to save fuel.