Ultima Thule Beyond Pluto Is Flat Like a Pancake (and Not a Space Snowman After All) (page 2)

At first glance, the mysterious space rock that NASA’s New Horizons zoomed by on New Year’s day looked like a lumpy snowman, or maybe a misshapen space peanut. Now, a new set of photos reveal that the space rock is flatter than initially thought — more pancake, really, than peanut. The space rock, called 2014 MU69, is located 4.1 billion miles away from Earth in the Kuiper Belt, a massive stretch of frigid objects that orbit the Sun at the edges of the Solar System. During its flyby of the 21-mile-wide rock, New Horizons snapped photos with its two cameras and collected 50 gigabits of data with its onboard instruments. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/National Optical... Continue reading…

Ultima Thule Beyond Pluto Is Flat Like a Pancake (and Not a Space Snowman After All)

The final photos that NASA's New Horizons spacecraft snapped of Ultima Thule during the probe's epic Jan. 1 flyby reveal the distant object to be much flatter than scientists had thought.

Mon 11 Feb 19 from SPACE.com

New images of the distant Ultima Thule object have surprised scientists

"The new images are creating scientific puzzles."

Fri 8 Feb 19 from Ars Technica

Ultima Thule is more pancake than snowman, NASA scientists discover

Ultima Thule is flatter than scientists originally thought.

Mon 11 Feb 19 from UPI

Ultima Thule is more pancake than snowman, NASA scientists discover, Wed 13 Feb 19 from SpaceDaily

New Horizons' evocative farewell glance at Ultima Thule

Washington DC (SPX) Feb 11, 2019 An evocative new image sequence from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft offers a departing view of the Kuiper Belt object (KBO) nicknamed Ultima Thule - the target ...

Tue 12 Feb 19 from SpaceDaily

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