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NASA Releases First Visuals of Space 'Snowman' Ultima & Thule

Tech | | January 3, 2019, 11:40 am
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 NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has survived humanity's most distant exploration of another world. A NASA spacecraft opened the New Year at the most distant world ever explored, a billion miles beyond Pluto. Flight controllers say everything looked good for New Horizons' flyby of the tiny, icy object, 3 ½ years after its encounter with Pluto. The mysterious target nicknamed Ultima Thule (TOO-lee) is 4 billion miles (6.4 billion kilometres) from Earth. (Image: AP)

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has survived humanity's most distant exploration of another world. A NASA spacecraft opened the New Year at the most distant world ever explored, a billion miles beyond Pluto. Flight controllers say everything looked good for New Horizons' flyby of the tiny, icy object, 3 ½ years after its encounter with Pluto. The mysterious target nicknamed Ultima Thule (TOO-lee) is 4 billion miles (6.4 billion kilometres) from Earth. (Image: AP)

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 New Horizons zoomed past the small celestial object is known as Ultima Thule 3 ½ years after its spectacular brush with Pluto. This image from video made available by NASA shows a diagram describing the size and shape of the object Ultima Thule. (Image: AP)

New Horizons zoomed past the small celestial object is known as Ultima Thule 3 ½ years after its spectacular brush with Pluto. This image from video made available by NASA shows a diagram describing the size and shape of the object Ultima Thule. (Image: AP)

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 This image made available by NASA shows images with separate colour and detail information, and a composited image of both, showing Ultima Thule. (Image: AP)

This image made available by NASA shows images with separate colour and detail information, and a composited image of both, showing Ultima Thule. (Image: AP)

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 This composite image made available by NASA shows the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed

This composite image made available by NASA shows the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed "Ultima Thule," indicated by the crosshairs at center, with stars surrounding it on August 16, 2018, made by the New Horizons spacecraft. The brightness of the stars was subtracted from the final image using a separate photo from September 2017, before the object itself could be detected. (Image: AP)

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 This image made available by NASA shows the size and shape of the object Ultima Thule. The New Horizons spacecraft encountered it on January 1, 2019. (Image: AP)

This image made available by NASA shows the size and shape of the object Ultima Thule. The New Horizons spacecraft encountered it on January 1, 2019. (Image: AP)

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