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Artist Concept: Flying by a 2014 MU69
Release Date: September 6, 2017
Artist's concept of the New Horizons spacecraft flying by a possible binary 2014 MU69 on Jan. 1, 2019. Early observations of MU69 hint at the Kuiper Belt object being either a binary orbiting pair or a contact (stuck together) pair of nearly like-sized bodies with diameters near 20 and 18 kilometers (12 and 11 miles).
Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute