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Mission control has just received the signal from the New Horizons spacecraft. The vehicle is healthy and has recorded data from the Ultima Thule fly-by. It looks like NASA has successfully pulled off the furthest fly-by of an object ever attempted.

Soon it will start the process of transmitting the data, including high resolution images, back to Earth.

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New Horizons Successfully Explores Ultima Thule

NASA Spacecraft Reaches Most Distant Target in History

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NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew past Ultima Thule in the early hours of New Year's Day, ushering in the era of exploration from the enigmatic Kuiper Belt, a region of primordial objects that holds keys to understanding the origins of the solar system.

"Congratulations to NASA's New Horizons team, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and the Southwest Research Institute for making history yet again. In addition to being the first to explore Pluto, today New Horizons flew by the most distant object ever visited by a spacecraft and became the first to directly explore an object that holds remnants from the birth of our solar system," said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. "This is what leadership in space exploration is all about."

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Detecting Ultima Thule's Size and Shape on Approach

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At left is a composite of two images taken by New Horizons' high-resolution Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), which provides the best indication of Ultima Thule's size and shape so far.

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Peter B

"So that's where the 7-pin ended up..."

I wonder if it gained its shape by a game of proto-planetary ten-pin bowling?

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Seti42

Wake me when we can see pictures. 'Ultima Thule' is a pretty dope name, though.

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L.A.T.1961
3 hours ago, Seti42 said:

Wake me when we can see pictures. 'Ultima Thule' is a pretty dope name, though.

I thought it must be a made up name but Thule has an origin - 

"A country described by the ancient Greek explorer Pytheas (c.310 BC) as being six days' sail north of Britain, most plausibly identified with Norway. It was regarded by the ancients as the northernmost part of the world". 

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