New Horizons photos shed more light on Kuiper Belt

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Those of you following NASA’s New Horizons know the interplanetary space probe made the farthest-ever flyby in human history on New Year’s Day, when it circled Ultima Thule, an object in Kuiper Belt. Now, a discovery from New Horizons’ 2015 trip around Pluto and its satellite Charon sheds even more light on Kuiper Belt, a donut-shaped region of icy bodies beyond Pluto. Analyzing photos from the probe’s flyby of Pluto and Charon, scientists have discovered a surprising lack of small objects in the belt.

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