The photographs mean that the mysterious space object Kuiper Belt 2014 MU69, called Ultima Thule, is now more than a generic-looking stain. The latest images from Ultima Thule have resolutions of 110 feet per pixel, the best images the strange body New Horizons has ever experienced. NASA's spacecraft has captured the high-resolution photographs of Ultima Thule, a distant asteroid that means "out of the known world" from a distance of only 4.109 miles.
NASA scientists already knew some details about Ultima Thule, such as the special pancake shape.
But these recently released high quality photos have so far revealed unseen details.
These include circular terrain points, deep Pockermarken and other previously elusive details.
NASA's New Horizons approached MU69 closer than its main target, Pluto, thanks to "unprecedented precision" in calculations in several countries.
There was a real chance that the camera of New Horizons Ultima Thule could even miss completely, so the head of the NASA mission team, Dr. med. Alan Stern. 1
Dr Stern said, "To get these pictures, we needed to know exactly where both the minuscule Ultima and New Horizons were, as they were in the dim light of the Kuiper Belt, a billion miles behind Pluto, passed by
much harsher observation than anything we had tried in our 2015 Pluto flyby. "
The Southwest Research Institute said," The teams of science, operation, and Navigation has done it and the result is a field day for our science team!
"Some of the details that we now see on the surface of Ultima Thule are unlike any objects we've studied so far."
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Ultima Thule is the farthest object humanity has ever seen, according to Joh ns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory.
Ultima Thule is 20 miles long and has remained unchanged since then the early days of our sols ar system.
The first sentence revealed that the asteroid appeared as a lumpy, malformed space peanut consisting of two touching lobes, which were referred to as contact binary.
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More pictures have shown that the rock looked more like a pancake than a lump.
Pictures showed strange bright freckles and dark bumps on the asteroid trying to understand scientists.
John Spencer, NASA New Horizons Deputy Project Scientist, said: "Whether these features are craters produced by impactors, sublimation pits, collapse pits, or something completely different is being discussed in our science team.
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