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Seven New Co-Investigators Add Depth to New Horizons Kuiper Belt Mission Team
Release Date: March 9, 2017
JJ Kavelaars . . . senior research officer at the National Research Council's Canadian Astronomy Data Centre in Victoria, B.C. . . . hails from the farming community of South-West Middlesex, Ontario . . . received his doctorate from Queen's University in 1998 . . . became fascinated by the Kuiper Belt while training as an extra-galactic astronomer who was mostly concerned with the size and scale of the universe . . . since 1997 has discovered more than 20 small satellites of the outer planets and more than 1,000 Kuiper Belt objects . . . has served as a principal investigator on the Canada-France Ecliptic Plane Survey and Outer Solar System Origin Survey . . . on the extended mission will provide global context for the KBOs New Horizons observes, as well as ground-based observing support for the flyby of 2014 MU69.
Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute