NASA's New Horizon's
probe is currently hurtling toward Pluto
at incredible speeds, but what happens after it gets there is still an open topic. After completing the first flyby of distant not-quite-a-planet Pluto, New Horizons will have enough fuel left over to take a stroll through the Kuiper Belt. NASA mission planners are considering making a visit to one, maybe two, of the objects in this distant field of rocky debris.
To help provide data for mission planners, citizen-science instigator Zooniverse
wants to bring you (yes, you!) into the search for possible targets. The project is called Icehunters
, and it invites users to help ferret out icy objects that would be worth a look. Like other citizen science projects from Zooniverse, the idea is that humans are simply better and more efficient at identifying objects in messy data.