January 20, 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 […]