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December 14, 2011

The Kuiper Belt is a disc-shaped region of icy objects beyond the orbit of Neptune—billions of kilometers from our Sun. NASA's New Horizons mission, along with the Student Dust Counter, will be the first spacecraft to visit Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. The spacecraft's journey began in 2006 and will continue into the Kuiper Belt after its Pluto flyby in 2016.(Courtesy NASA/GSFC)