Space Quote: New Horizons Can Do Much More

Image (Credit): Pluto in colorized infrared. (NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/ZLDoyle)

“New Horizons can still do great science for the rest of its time in the Kuiper belt. But stopping it next year is both premature scientifically and unwise from the standpoint of fiscal policy. I am very concerned about this, and it is fair to say that I am in good company.”

-Statement by Alan Stern, New Horizons’s principal investigator, as printed in The Guardian regarding NASA’s decision to reduce funding for the New Horizons spacecraft next year even though another four to five years exploration of the Kuiper Belt had been planned. While the spacecraft will still perform some basic functions related to monitoring “space weather,” it will not have a new destination for the time being.