Ultima Thule: Clearest image yet of 'snowman' space rock released by NASA

Here's Our First Image Of Ultima Thule, The 'Most Distant Object Ever Visited By A Spacecraft' - Digg

Here's Our First Image Of Ultima Thule, The 'Most Distant Object Ever Visited By A Spacecraft' - Digg

New Horizons is named after the New Horizon space probe, and premiered on NASA TV on New Years Day, to coincide with the probe passing Ultima Thule in the Kuiper Belt, an object located a billion miles beyond Pluto, and the most distant rock ever to be visited by the human race.

The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory said the picture was the "most detailed image of the farthest object ever explored by a spacecraft". In the early solar system, many asteroids like Ultima Thule combined in the inner solar system to form the Earth and other rocky planets, so exploring Ultima Thule can give us a better understanding of what that environment looked like.

But don't take it from me, take it from New Horizons' Principal Investigator, Alan Stern, who actually knows what he is talking about.

Signals confirming the probe is healthy and had filled its digital recorders with science data on Ultima Thule reached the mission operations center at 10:29 a.m. EST (3:29 p.m. GMT). "Never before has any spacecraft team tracked down such a small body at such high speed so far away in the abyss of space".

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Scientist Jeff Moore says that the two spheres formed when small, icy pieces coalesced in space billions of years ago.

It is hoped the information taken from Ultima will provide clues as to the formation of the Solar System. Instead, they slowly drifted together over millions of years until they softly bumped into each other and stuck.

"The data we have look fantastic and we're already learning about Ultima Thule from up close". "We are seeing a physical representation of the beginning of planetary formation, frozen in time". Scientists say no impact craters could be seen in the latest photos. This explains why, in earlier images taken before Ultima was resolved, its brightness didn't appear to vary as it rotated.

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