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NOVA: Pluto And Beyond

Airs Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Enhanced color photo of Pluto.

Credit: Courtesy of NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

Above: Enhanced color photo of Pluto.

The New Horizons spacecraft attempts to fly by a mysterious object known as Ultima Thule, believed to be a primordial building block of the solar system.

Three years after taking the first spectacular photos of Pluto, New Horizons is four billion miles from Earth, trying to achieve the most distant flyby in NASA’s history.

Photo credit: Courtesy of NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

Pluto's majestic mountains.

If successful, it will shed light on one of the least understood regions of our solar system: the Kuiper Belt.

NOVA is embedded with the New Horizons mission team, following the action in real time as they uncover the secrets of what lies beyond Pluto.

Pluto And Beyond: Preview

Since it explored Pluto in 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft has been zooming toward NASA’s most distant target yet. Join the mission team as the probe attempts to fly by Ultima Thule, an object 4 billion miles from Earth.

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