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2019

New Horizons
January 1

Barring unforeseen circumstances, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is expected to arrive at its next target, Kuiper Belt Object 2014 MU69, on New Year's Day 2019. This planetoid is approximately one billion miles beyond Pluto.

Links:

  1. NASA's New Horizons webpage
  2. New Horizons webpage by JHUAPL
  3. Nasa's New Horizons Strikes Distant Gold   12.12.2017
  4. Kuiper Belt Flyby Target Selected   08.28.2015
New Horizons Spacecraft

Image credit: JHUAPL/SwRI

James Webb Space Telescope
Spring

A collaborative project between NASA, the Canadian Space Agency and the European Space Agency, the James Webb Space Telescope will be 100 times more powerful than the Hubble Space Telescope. With its main mirror measuring 6.5 meters (21 ft) in diameter, the JWST will have 70 times the light-gathering capacity of the Hubble, enabling it to peer back in time to about 200 million years after the Big Bang.

Links:

  1. James Webb Space Telescope
  2. James Webb Telescope To Be Launched 2019   09.28.17
  3. Telescope's giant origami shield takes shape   08.09.17
  4. Swallowing the biggest space telescope   07.11.17
  5. NASA Next Generation Telescope Is Complete   11.02.2016
  6. JWST's Assembled Golden Mirror   05.05.2016
  7. Seeing Beyond - The JWST   2013

James Webb Space Telescope

Illustration of the James Webb Space Telescope - Image credit: NASA