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A Space Probe Finishes Its Mission...Now What?

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Space probes are repeatedly launched into space on various missions. But what do we do with them after they complete their mission?

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"Today, the New Horizons probe made its historic close approach to Pluto, and NASA is eagerly awaiting those images from the probe, which should arrive later tonight. Now the probe will continue its mission on into the Kuiper Belt - a large region of rocky bodies, including three dwarf planets, that's similar to the asteroid belt but much, much bigger."

New Horizons: The First Mission to the Pluto System and the Kuiper Belt
"The New Horizons mission is helping us understand worlds at the edge of our solar system by making the first reconnaissance of the dwarf planet Pluto and by venturing deeper into the distant, mysterious Kuiper Belt - a relic of solar system formation."

Finally! New Horizons has a Second Target
"What a huge relief: there is finally a place for New Horizons to visit beyond Pluto. A team of researchers led by John Spencer has discovered three possible targets, all in the Cold Classical part of the Kuiper belt."

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