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The Kuiper belt /ˈkpər/ or /'køypǝr/[1] (as in Dutch), sometimes called theEdgeworth–Kuiper belt, is a region of the Solar System beyond the planets, extending from the orbit of Neptune (at 30 AU) to approximately 50 AU from theSun.[2] It is similar to the asteroid belt, but it is far larger—20 times as wide and 20 to 200 times as massive.[3][4] Like the asteroid belt, it consists mainly of small bodies, or remnants from the Solar System's formation. Although many asteroids are composed primarily of rock and metal, most Kuiper belt objects are composed largely of frozen volatiles (termed "ices"), such as methaneammonia and water. The Kuiper belt is home to three officially recognized dwarf planetsPlutoHaumea, and Makemake. Some of the Solar System's moons, such as Neptune's Triton and Saturn's Phoebe, are also thought to have originated in the region.[5][6]

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Name Missions & Mission Experience Targets Techniques Major Facilities & Instrument Development
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Elisabeth Adams
Kepler Dwarf planets, Exoplanets, Kuiper Belt, Pluto, Small satellites Ground-based observing, Numerical modeling, Space-based observing IRTF, MMT ** Cameras
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Amy Barr Mlinar
Cassini, Europa Clipper, Galileo, New Horizons Callisto, Charon, Dwarf planets, Europa, Exoplanets, Ganymede, Gas giants, Icy satellites, Kuiper Belt, Mercury, Moon, Pluto, Saturn Astrobiology, Education/Public Outreach (EPO), Geology, Impacts, Numerical modeling, Planetary Interiors, Tectonics, Volcanism
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Susan Benecchi
HST, New Horizons Charon, Comets, Dwarf planets, Kuiper Belt, Pluto, Trans-Neptunian objects Astrometry, Education/Public Outreach (EPO), Ground-based observing, Photometry, Space-based observing Cerro Tololo, Gemini, IRTF, Kitt Peak
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Roger Clark
Cassini, Chandrayaan 1 (India), Europa Clipper, Galileo, Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Observer, MRO ** Instrument Co-Investigator, Mission Co-Investigator Asteroids, Ceres, Comets, Dwarf planets, Earth, Exoplanets, Icy satellites, Interplanetary Dust, Io, Jupiter, Kuiper Belt, Mars, Mercury, Moon, Neptune, Planetary rings, Pluto, Saturn, Small satellites, Titan, Uranus, Venus, Vesta Geology, Ground-based observing, Mapping, Mineralogy, Numerical modeling, Photometry, Remote sensing, Space-based observing, Spectroscopy
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Eva Lilly
Asteroids, Comets, Kuiper Belt Astrometry, Education/Public Outreach (EPO), Photometry Gemini, Keck Observatory, Pan-STARRS
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Carol Neese
Cassini, Dawn, OSIRIS-REx ** Data archive Asteroids, Ceres, Dwarf planets, Icy satellites, Interplanetary Dust, Kuiper Belt, Meteorites, Pluto, Small satellites, Vesta
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Kirby Runyon
LRO, MRO, New Horizons ** Mission operations, Mission science team, Requirements generation and flow down Asteroids, Charon, Dwarf planets, Earth, Icy satellites, Io, Kuiper Belt, Mars, Moon, Pluto, Titan, Trans-Neptunian objects, Venus Education/Public Outreach (EPO), Field Work, Geology, Geomorphology, Impacts, Mapping, Remote sensing, Volcanism Cameras
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Nalin Samarasinha
Asteroids, Comets, Kuiper Belt Education/Public Outreach (EPO), Ground-based observing, Numerical modeling, Remote sensing Cerro Tololo, Kitt Peak
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Stephen Schwartz
Hayabusa2 (Japan), OSIRIS-REx ** Instrument Co-Investigator, Mission Co-Investigator, Mission science team Asteroids, Comets, Deimos, Icy satellites, Interplanetary Dust, Kuiper Belt, Phobos, Planetary rings, Trans-Neptunian objects Celestial Mechanics, Education/Public Outreach (EPO), Impacts, Numerical modeling, Photometry
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Amanda Sickafoose
Asteroids, Charon, Dwarf planets, Interplanetary Dust, Kuiper Belt, Moon, Planetary rings, Pluto, Trans-Neptunian objects Astrometry, Atmospheres, Ground-based observing, Numerical modeling, Photometry, Space-based observing, Spectroscopy Cerro Tololo, Gemini, IRTF, Kitt Peak, SOFIA ** Cameras, Dust counter, Imaging spectrometers, Spectrometers
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Jordan Steckloff
Cassini, EPOXI, Stardust-NExT Asteroids, Ceres, Charon, Comets, Dwarf planets, Icy satellites, Kuiper Belt, Mercury, Moon, Pluto, Small satellites, Titan, Trans-Neptunian objects, Vesta Celestial Mechanics, Education/Public Outreach (EPO), Numerical modeling, Thermal modeling
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Kathryn Volk
Asteroids, Comets, Exoplanets, Kuiper Belt, Trans-Neptunian objects Celestial Mechanics, Ground-based observing Kitt Peak, LBT
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Paul Weissman
Galileo, Rosetta Asteroids, Comets, Kuiper Belt, Small satellites Education/Public Outreach (EPO), Ground-based observing, Numerical modeling, Photometry, Remote sensing, Space-based observing

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