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NASA’s New Horizons releases new picture of snowman-shaped Ultima Thule

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By ITN News Editor January 3, 2019 12:46

NASA’s New Horizons releases new picture of snowman-shaped Ultima Thule

NASA’s New Horizons mission sent home close-up images of Ultima Thule, a 20-mile-long space rock in the uncharted heart of the Kuiper Belt. The belt is a ring of icy celestial bodies just outside Neptune’s orbit. The images, taken on January 1, 2019, show a rock in the shape of a snowman. The images were taken from a distance of 18000 miles 30 minutes before the spacecraft made its closest approach to the rock.Launched in January 2006, New Horizons embarked on its 4 billion-mile journey toward the solar system’s edge to study the dwarf planet Pluto and its five moons.Now 1 billion miles (1.6 billion km) beyond Pluto for its second mission into the Kuiper Belt, New Horizons will study the makeup of Ultima Thule’s atmosphere and terrain in a months-long study to seek clues about the formation of the solar system and its planets.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 3, 2019 12:46

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