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June 16, 2014 11:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2014-29

NASA's Hubble to Begin Search Beyond Pluto for a New Horizons Mission Target

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Image: New Horizons: Kuiper Belt Object (Artwork)

New Horizons: Kuiper Belt Object (Artwork)STScI-PRC2014-29 Artist's Concept

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This is an artist's rendering of the New Horizons spacecraft encountering a Kuiper Belt object — a city-sized icy relic left over from the birth of our solar system. The Sun, more than 4.1 billion miles (6.7 billion kilometers) away, shines as a bright star embedded in the glow of the zodiacal dust cloud. Jupiter and Neptune are visible as orange and blue "stars" to the right of the Sun.

Image Type: Artwork

Credit: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute (JHUAPL/SwRI)