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Space Duck 2.0 is New Horizons' next destination

4 August 2017 3:46 AM
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Space Duck 2.0 is New Horizons' next destination

Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69 could be two rocks for the price of one

The New Horizons probe's next destination, Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, looks a bit like a duck.

The agency's also issued the image above (or here for m.reg readers) to speculatively illustrate the object.

Readers may feel that image recalls the shape of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko visited by the Rosetta probe back in 2014. Comet 67P was also felt to be a possible contact binary, but the European Space Agency said it looked like a duck and the name stuck, at least on El Reg.

Whatever MU69's actual shape, mission boffins are chuffed that New Horizons' visit on January 1st 2019 will give us the chance to observe something other than a dull ball of rock. ®


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