Archiv: Kuiper Belt / Kuipergürtel

24.08.2020 - 13:24 [ MIT Technology Review ]

The 5 best places to explore in the solar system—besides Mars

In studying Pluto, “we can get a sense of what goes on in the Kuiper belt, and how it’s able to produce these geologically active bodies that are so small and distant from the sun but still have enough internal energy to drive these processes,” says Karunatillake. Pluto could be a sign that just because another world is far away from the sun doesn’t mean it’s completely dead.

As with Ceres, however, there just hasn’t been enough time since the last mission to justify greenlighting a new one yet. We may need to wait another decade before NASA or another institution thinks it’s time to launch another spacecraft to Pluto.

05.05.2018 - 17:37 [ Daniel Neun / Twitter ]

@NASANewHorizons: All between that, @ExpanseSYFY and 17 years of worldwide war on error (at present just on this small planet), could you guys stop that subliminal „Weltraum macht frei“ messages and think for a second next time before you name a space object? Thanks a lot @NASA.

05.05.2018 - 17:32 [ Charles Danforth ‏/ Twitter ]

@NASANewHorizons: Q: has any other object ever gotten an „official nickname“ before getting it’s official IAU designation?


05.05.2018 - 17:29 [ Mario Billiani / Twitter ]

@NASANewHorizons: I would have chosen „Grabthar’s hammer“.


05.05.2018 - 17:26 [ NASA New Horizons / Twitter ]

Our next flyby object, 2014 MU69, has a new nickname! The Kuiper Belt object will be known as “Ultima Thule!”