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News from NASA: Latest Ultima Thule Images of Asteroids Show the Hitherto Clearest View of Science | news

A NASA spacecraft has taken pictures of Ultima Thule, a trans-Neptunian object more than 4 billion kilometers from Earth. Launched in January 2006, the spacecraft New Horizons flew past a strangely shaped asteroid traveling at more than 36,000 miles per hour. The new images of Ultima Thule are resolved at just 110 feet per pixel, the highest resolution images of …

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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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The clearest images of Ultima Thule reveal a strange-looking object

Enlarge / The most detailed images of Ultima Thule; obtained just minutes before the spacecraft's closest approach at 12:33 a.m. EST on Jan. 1. NASA / Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory / SWRI Twenty-six minutes after the clock struck midnight on New Year's Eve at Times Square, the long-range camera aboard the New Horizons spacecraft was hard at work. The …

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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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Ultima Thule is actually flat like a pancake (photos)

Ultima Thule does not look like Snowman. Recent photos taken by NASA's New Horizons probe during Ultima Thule's January 1 flyby show that the distant object is far flatter than scientists thought, mission team members announced today ( 8th of February). "We had an impression of Ultima Thule based on the limited number of images returned in the flyby days, …

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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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Ultima Thule is still funny

The farthest object our species has ever visited, a space rock named 2014 MU69, has less snowman shape than previously thought. NASA flew its New Horizons probe on the rock called Ultima Thule 4 billion miles from Earth on New Year's Day. New Horizons flew around 2,200 miles around MU69 and reached a speed of 32,200 miles per hour. The …

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