University of Waterloo
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Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
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On the 1st of January 2019 NASA's New Horizons spacecraft made the most distant encounter with a solar system body yet achieved by humankind. Using targeting and navigational information acquired through the Canada-France Ecliptic Plane Survey and a dedicated CFHT observing program that enable an HST search and then Gaia based navigation, New Horizons flew a mere 3500km over the surface of the tiny world 2014 MU69. I will document the processes that made this encounter possible and detail the rich dataset that has now (mostly) arrived back at Earth. These data are exposing the end state of the process of planetesimal formation in our distant solar system.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Indigenous Initiatives Office.