New Horizons Successfully Explores Ultima Thule ‘ Solar System Exploration: NASA Science

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New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern gives a high five to Mission Operations Manager Alice Bowman after the team received signals from the spacecraft that it is healthy and collected data during the flyby of Ultima Thule, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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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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NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft signals from most distant object ever visited

A NASA spacecraft on New Year’s Day flew by an object farther than any spacecraft has before ‘ 4 billion miles from Earth.

NASA received a signal from the New Horizons spacecraft Tuesday morning that it had reached a small space object known as Ultima Thule 10 hours earlier.

Team members gathered at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory, home to Mission Control, cheer upon receiving the signal, which took so long to reach them because the small, icy object is 4 billion miles from the Earth and 1 billion miles from Pluto.

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NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft just visited the farthest object ever explored

As Earthlings marked the start of a new year, one of the most distant spacecraft successfully explored the farthest – 4 billion miles from Earth – and most primitive objects that humans have ever seen.

NASA received confirmation Tuesday that its New Horizons probe survived its 12:33 a.m. eastern encounter with Ultima Thule, a rocky relic from the solar system’s infancy whose name means “beyond the borders of the known world.”

The midnight rendezvous occurred in the Kuiper belt, a halo of icy bodies so far from Earth it takes more than six hours for signals to travel at the speed of light to reach the Earth.

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New Horizons successfully explores Ultima Thule

Signals confirming the spacecraft is healthy and had filled its digital recorders with science data on Ultima Thule reached the mission operations center at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) today at 10:29 a.m. EST, almost exactly 10 hours after New Horizons’ closest approach to the object.

“New Horizons performed as planned today, conducting the farthest exploration of any world in history — 4 billion miles from the Sun,” said Principal Investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. “The data we have look fantastic and we’re already learning about Ultima from up close. From here out the data will just get better and better!”

NASA New Horizons spacecraft completes historic Ultima Thule flyby

Seeking answers about the origins of our solar system, NASA’s intrepid robotic explorer surveys the most distant world ever explored.

New Horizons snapped Ultima Thule just over 24 hours before its closest approach. Using image-sharpening techniques, NASA showed the elongated shape of the mysterious distant world.

In the outer reaches of our stellar neighborhood, an ancient space rock nicknamed Ultima Thule has drifted alone for billions of years, unchanged since the earliest days of the solar system.

As most of us caroused and belted out poor renditions of “Auld Lang Syne”, the team at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) counted down the seconds until the spacecraft would pass its intended target. The closest approach, when New Horizons was just 2,200 miles (about 3,500 kilometers) from the surface of Ultima Thule, occurred at 12:33 a.m. EST Tuesday morning.’

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NASA just pulled off humanity’s farthest

The object ‘ called Ultima Thule (pronounced “tool-ee”) ‘ is located more than 4 billion miles from Earth. It’s 1 billion miles beyond Pluto, which New Horizons visited in July 2015.

The spacecraft phoned home at 10:39 a.m. EST, confirming it wasn’t destroyed by the maneuver. This makes Ultima Thule the most distant object that humanity has ever visited.

New Horizons pulled off the maneuver on New Year’s Day, taking hundreds of photos in a highly choreographed, preprogrammed sequence. The space probe reached its closest point to the space rock ‘ about 2,200 miles‘ at 12:33 a.m. EST. New Horizons then turned around to photograph its exit at a speed of about 32,000 mph.

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