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First Kuiper Belt Flyby Science Results

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NASA’s New Horizons Team Publishes First Kuiper Belt Flyby Science Result


Most distant object ever explored presents mysteries of its formation.

NASA’s New Horizons mission team has published the first profile of the farthest world ever explored, a planetary building block and Kuiper Belt object called 2014 MU69.

Analyzing just the first sets of data gathered during the New Horizons spacecraft’s New Year’s 2019 flyby of MU69 (nicknamed Ultima Thule) the mission team quickly discovered an object far more complex than expected. The team publishes the first peer-reviewed scientific results and interpretations – just four months after the flyby – in the May 17 issue of the journal Science.

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"Since first encountering the mysterious Ultima Thule earlier this year, NASA has made several discoveries about the ancient space object.

"Now, researchers from the government space agency have made a startling discovery about "the farthest world ever explored" – there are both water and "organic molecules" on its surface.

"In the research, which is published in the scientific journal Science, NASA describes the mixture of methanol, water ice and organic molecules found on the surface of the Kuiper Belt object as "very different from most icy objects explored previously by spacecraft.""

Full monty at Fox News: https://www.foxnews.com/science/nasa-finds-water-organic-molecules-on-mysterious-ultima-thule

"NASA's New Horizons Team Publishes First Kuiper Belt Flyby Science Results"

At NASA: https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/news/945/nasas-new-horizons-team-publishes-first-kuiper-belt-flyby-science-results/

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