July 23, 2021

‘We’ve never seen something like this orbiting the sun’: Scientists are puzzled by the shape of the most distant object ever explored

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By Aylin Woodward & Dave Mosher From Business Insider NASA’s New Horizons probe flew by a space rock called 2014 MU69, the most distant space object ever visited by humanity, on New Year’s Day. Also called Ultima Thule, the rock is more than 4 billion miles away. The newest image sequence of Ultima Thule has reveals that the rock is […]

New Horizons probe sends first signal from Ultima Thule

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By Jon Fingas From engadget It’s the farthest flyby in human history. NASA now has proof that its New Horizons probe completed its record-setting flyby of the Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule. The mission teamconfirmed the flypast at 10:31AM Eastern Time after receiving telemetry data indicating that the spacecraft was “healthy.” It technically flew past Ultima Thule at […]

NASA’s New Horizons just gave us its first look at Ultima Thule, a world 1 billion miles from Pluto

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BY MIRIAM KRAMER From Mashable From more than 100 million miles away, New Horizon’s next target barely looks like anything at all. The object, known as Ultima Thule, has only just now come into view for that NASA spacecraft’s sensitive cameras, allowing the probe — which brought us never-before-seen, close-up photos of Pluto in July […]

New Horizons probe captures images at record distance from Earth

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By Jon Fingas from engadget They’re the farthest since the legendary ‘Pale Blue Dot’ picture. Voyager 1 has held the distance record for a captured image for the past 27 years thanks to its legendary “Pale Blue Dot” photo (3.75 billion miles away from Earth), but that milestone just got smashed. NASA’s New Horizonsprobe took […]

Scientists decode mystery of Pluto’s ‘bladed terrain’

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IANS From Times of India WASHINGTON: Shedding light on mysterious formations resembling giant knife blades of ice on Pluto, scientists have found that the “bladed terrain” is made almost entirely of methane ice, and likely formed as a specific kind of erosion wore away the surfaces, leaving dramatic crests and sharp divides. Among the many […]

Pluto’s atmosphere

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Pluto’s atmosphere takes center stage in new NASA photo BY MIRIAM KRAMER A new photo of Pluto’s atmosphere makes the invisible visible. The new image, taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft in July, shows the blue ring of the dwarf planet’s atmosphere as it would appear in the infrared — a kind of light invisible […]

Pluto

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Vivid new photo of Pluto in rainbow light is totally psychedelic, dude By Miriam Kramer From Mashable A psychedelic new image of Pluto is enough to make a space nerd’s day — or even her week. A newly released photo shows a false-color view of Pluto as captured by New Horizons during its close flyby […]