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Tue Jan 1, 2019, 02:09 PM Jan 2019

NASA provides first image from record-setting flyby of Ultima Thule [View all]

Source: CNN

(CNN)The new year on Earth began with a record-setting space mission 4 billion miles away -- a first look at an object on the edge of our solar system.

Mission scientists from NASA and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory have confirmed that the New Horizons spacecraft conducted a flyby of Ultima Thule, a Kuiper Belt object that's a billion miles beyond Pluto.

Although the flyby occurred at 12:33 a.m. ET on Tuesday, the spacecraft is so far from Earth that the "phone-home" signal didn't reach us until about 10:30 a.m. ET.

Mission scientists were relieved about the success because there was only one chance to get it right as New Horizons screamed past Ultima at 31,500 miles per hour. This incredible feat was possible because thousands of operations on the spacecraft worked in sync.


Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/01/world/new-horizons-ultima-thule-flyby-success/index.html

this is just incredibly exciting, impressive stuff!
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below are more details - link to the project Horizons site NRaleighLiberal Jan 2019 #1
Is that red thingy thru it naturally-formed? Dennis Donovan Jan 2019 #2
yah, amazing resolution on that, hey! NRaleighLiberal Jan 2019 #3
It represents the axis of rotation... Rollo Jan 2019 #19
Looks like a sonogram. George II Jan 2019 #4
can't wait until the data comes back to clean up the pics NRaleighLiberal Jan 2019 #5
Those will be amazing. One and a half years, really? I guess they're coming back... George II Jan 2019 #7
Low data rate to save power.... KY_EnviroGuy Jan 2019 #12
No No No ! NOT..... reACTIONary Jan 2019 #23
Corrected and added links. Thanks. KY_EnviroGuy Jan 2019 #32
The images are compressed before transmission .... reACTIONary Jan 2019 #24
Great analogy PJMcK Jan 2019 #27
A new higher resolution image: El Supremo Jan 2019 #6
Bazinga! George II Jan 2019 #8
One stale peanut! Roasted 4.6 B years ago! NRaleighLiberal Jan 2019 #9
+1 n/t FSogol Jan 2019 #30
NASA travels 4 billion miles and discovers life. LastLiberal in PalmSprings Jan 2019 #10
+1. Al Capp. KY_EnviroGuy Jan 2019 #14
Well, they did already find Pluto on Pluto at 3 billion miles aeromanKC Jan 2019 #17
I prefer the heart interpretation. :) nt reACTIONary Jan 2019 #21
K&R, thanks for posting red dog 1 Jan 2019 #11
It's a remarkable achievement for science and engineering PJMcK Jan 2019 #28
Wow! justgamma Jan 2019 #13
Those photos are just breathtaking. PatrickforO Jan 2019 #15
Let me know when they find The Pattern. FSogol Jan 2019 #31
OK... CCExile Jan 2019 #16
Looks to me more like a non-contact binary localroger Jan 2019 #18
It's on its way nt reACTIONary Jan 2019 #22
bowling pin? Takket Jan 2019 #20
They said it was "peanut shaped." They were right! Nitram Jan 2019 #25
Looks like Cupid missed and hit this thing by mistake. Kablooie Jan 2019 #26
... trusty elf Jan 2019 #29
Enhance! LudwigPastorius Jan 2019 #33
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