NASA started the New Year with a bang after its New Horizons probe passed the remotest object of our solar system on January 1st. Ultima Thule is an incredible 4 billion kilometers (6 billion km) from Earth. And the daring expedition, which aims to shed light on the formation of the solar system, has produced the hitherto most super-resolution photo of the mysterious Trans-Neptunian object.
NASA's latest image shows the "space snowman" in remarkable detail.
The 19659002] A new, razor-sharp picture was taken when the NASA's New Horizons spacecraft was only 6,700 km from the small, icy object.
The two-lobed space rock is more than a billion miles from Pluto.
The new photo shows the surface of Ultima Thule in defined details, including a large dent on the left side.
Due to the enormous distance, the data takes more than six hours to reach Earth. [1
The last image transmitted last week was sharpened using state-of-the-art software.
] The last photo was taken with th The spacecraft's Wide Angle Multicolor Visible Imaging (MVIC) camera offers a resolution of 5000 x 32 pixels.
New Horizons will continue to fly past the 25 mile (33 km) asteroids and return data to Earth over the next 20 months.
(486958) 2014 MU₆₉, called Ultima Thule, is a medieval term for everything beyond the known world.
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The New Horizons project has been spun for more than a decade since launching in January 2006.
"Ultima Thule will be the most primitive planet object being explored, and will show what the conditions in that distant part of the solar system were when it formed out of the solar fog," Nasa said.
fed by Pluto with its sensors, NASA sent the probe on a course towards Ultima Thule.
Scientists hope that their formation in the dust, which also produced the Earth, is evidence of the formation of our planet
TheNew Scientists believe that theNASA scientists believe that they have found evidence for the mysterious "wall" surrounding allplanets and objects of our solar system
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This mysterious bubble marks the border between de m solar system and the interstellar space and limits the influence of the sun on the environment.
According to New Horizons, the barrier is actually a concentration of trapped hydrogen trapped in the solar wind of our sun.
These winds produce waves of distinguishable ultraviolet light, first detected by sensors aboard the New Horizons interstellar spacecraft.
Ultima Thule orbits the sun in a sparsely populated, low-energy environment known as the Kuiper belt, a circumstellar or pancake-shaped disk in the outer solar system.
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Experts now believe that Ultima Thule is at the beginning of the solar system most likely created We could have collided with other rocks.
"This new image is beginning to show differences in the geological character of the two rags of Ultima Thule and also introduces new secrets," said Professor Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado.
"Next month, there will be better color images and higher resolution images that we hope will solve the many mysteries of Ultima Thule.
"New Horizons is an example – one of the best examples of our time – of raw exploration, and the term Ultima Thule, which is very old, many centuries old, possibly over a thousand years old, is a wonderful meme for exploration , "
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