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The New Horizons team reveals the many secrets of Ultima Thule

Photo credit: NASA / Johns Hopkins University of Applied Physics Laboratory / Southwest Research Institute The farthest object ever explored is slowly unveiling its secrets as scientists compose the puzzles of Ultima Thule – the object of the Kuiper belt NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew four billion miles from the New Year's Day Earth removed, over. Analyzing the data that …

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NASA's new horizons unveil the geological Frankenstein that became Ultima Thule

THE WOODLANDS, Texas – Less than three months after the New Horizons probe swept past a distant, cold space rock, scientists begin to compile the story of how this object, called Ultima Thule, originated. In a series of scientific presentations held today (March 18) at the 50th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, mission scientists shared new data on the topography …

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New horizons still radiate its clearest images of Ultima Thule

After our first glimpse of MU69 2014 in January, New Horizons has returned its most crisp shots of the distant space object. The images have a resolution of about 30 meters per pixel. This is one of the challenging goals of the mission to observe the object called Ultima Thule. "To get these pictures, we needed to know exactly where …

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The New Horizons spacecraft delivers its harshest views of Ultima Thule

The most detailed images of Ultima Thule – just minutes before the spacecraft's next approach on January 1 at 12:33 pm EST – on January 1 – have achieved a resolution of about 33 meters per pixel. Their combination of higher spatial resolution and favorable viewing geometry provides an unprecedented opportunity to explore the surface of Ultima Thule, which is …

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New Horizons The spaceship returns to its harshest views of Ultima Thule – The Solar System Exploration: NASA Science

The mission team called it a "route target" – just before the next approach, with the cameras aimed precisely at NASA's New Horizons spacecraft to capture the sharpest possible images of the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed "Ultima Thule". to make the New Year's flyby target and the farthest object ever explored. After New Horizons has returned the stored aerial images …

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The Ultima Thule images of New Horizons show the true form

Given the vastness of space, it's no surprise that we know very little about it. Most of the time, we can only make assumptions based on images captured by our terrestrial telescopes and a few orbital satellites of celestial objects that only a few spacecraft have reached. It was not until New Horizons made its historic flyby of Pluto that …

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New horizons capture an incredible sequence of images from Ultima Thule

Mission scientists created this "starting film" of 14 different images, the New Horizons Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) shortly after the spacecraft flew past the Ultima object on the Kuiper Belt Thule (officially designated as 2014 MU69) on January 1, 2019. The central frame of this sequence was recorded on January 1 at 5:42:42 UT (12:42 pm EST) as New …

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New Horizons images show that Ultima Thule is actually more pancake-shaped

Image: NASA / Johns Hopkins – Applied Physics Laboratory / Southwest Research Institute / National Observatory of Optical Astronomy The distant (486958) 2014 MU69, called Ultima Thule, made history on New Year's Day because it was the furthest Visited object was a spaceship. As it is located in the Kuiper Belt, about 4.1 billion kilometers from Earth, scientists are learning …

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New images from NASA's New Horizons show a pancaked peanut

At first glance, the mysterious space rock where NASA's New Horizons passed on New Year's Day looked like a lumpy snowman or perhaps a malformed space nut. Now new photos show that the space rock is flatter than originally thought – actually more pancakes than peanut. The Space Rock, called MU69 in 2014, is located 4.1 billion kilometers from Earth …

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