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October 24, 2018
New Horizons Team Previews Ultima Thule Flyby
American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting

December 12, 2017
New Horizons Explores the Kuiper Belt
American Geophysical Union (AGU) Meeting

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NASA's New Horizons Mission: Discoveries on Pluto and Worlds Beyond
AAS Division for Planetary Sciences and European Planetary Science Congress

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New Horizons: Peering into Pluto's Past
Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

November 9, 2015
Science Results from the New Horizons Encounter with Pluto
47th Annual Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting

July 24, 2015
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April 29, 2015
NASA's New Horizons Detects Surface Features, Possible Polar Cap on Pluto

April 14, 2015
NASA's New Horizons Nears Historic Encounter with Pluto

October 24, 2018

New Horizons Team Previews Ultima Thule Flyby

Media Briefing - American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting


On Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 12:15 p.m. (EDT), members of the New Horizons team previewed the mission's New Year's 2019 flyby of the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule during a media briefing at the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The recording briefing that was streamed can be viewed here.

The Ultima flyby, with closest approach set for 12:33 a.m. EST in Jan. 1, will be the most distant planetary encounter in history. Team members will cover the significance and challenges of this flyby, its science goals and operational timelines, and the Kuiper Belt in the context of solar system exploration.

Presenters were:

  • Alan Stern, principal investigator, Southwest Research Institute
  • Carey Lisse, science team collaborator, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Hal Weaver, project scientist, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Kelsi Singer, co-investigator, Southwest Research Institute

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Dr. Alan Stern

New Horizons Mission Principal Investigator
Southwest Research Institute

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Dr. Carey Lisse

New Horizons Science Team Collaborator
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Dr. Hal Weaver

New Horizons Project Scientist
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Dr. Kelsi Singer

New Horizons Co-Investigator
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