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New Horizons and 2014 MU69 (binary)--No. 1

Speculative illustration of NASA's New Horizons interplanetary probe flying by classical Kuiper belt object (486958) 2014 MU69, about 3 billion miles from the Earth, on 1 January 2019.

2014 MU69 is either a single elongated object about 30 miles long, or two smaller objects orbiting very closely together, maybe even touching; this image illustrates the latter.

New Horizons is about the size and shape of a grand piano and weighed 1,054 pounds at launch. The high-gain dish antenna is about 7 feet in diameter and is employed for communication with the Earth.

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