NEW HORIZONS KUIPER BELT EXTENDED MISSION SCIENCE PLANNING OPPORTUNITY

nh-flybyThe centerpiece of the proposed New Horizons Kuiper Belt Extended Mission (NH-KEM) is the very close flyby of the 20-40 km wide KBO 2014 MU69 on 1 January 2019. NH-KEM will also observe ~20 other KBOs at phase angles and/or at resolutions not otherwise possible,
producing a unique database of KBO phase curves, satellite searches, and ring searches.

On July 1 NASA approved the NH-KEM, which included plans to reach out to the planetary community for ideas to optimize the scientific return. The NH Project is holding two KEM WebEx workshops, one from 1-3 pm EDT on Sep 13 and one from 1-4 pm EDT on Oct 10, to discuss potential community involvement in planning the NH-KEM.

If you’re interested in participating in these workshops, please send an email ASAP to the NH
Project Scientist, Hal Weaver (hal.weaver@jhuapl.edu). He will then provide you with further details about these workshops.

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