New Horizons Reveals Ultima Thule's Quiet, Lonesome Past

After New Horizons streaked past Pluto in 2015, its main task was over, but it still had work to do. On New Year’s Day of 2019, it made a flyby of another, even more distant object named 2014 MU69, more commonly called Ultima Thule. Since then, the spacecraft has been slowly but steadily sending streams of information back across the increasingly vast gulf of space between it and Earth. From that information, scientists now know that the snowman-shaped space rock formed from a gentle coll

New Horizons team publishes first Kuiper Belt flyby science results

NASA's New Horizons mission team has published the first profile of the farthest world ever explored, a planetary building block and Kuiper Belt object called 2014 MU69.

Thu 16 May 19 from

NASA details the most distant world we've ever observed

Back in February, NASA released the clearest images of Ultima Thule -- the Kuiper Belt object New Horizons got close to in a flyby, which makes it the farthest world we've ever ...

Fri 17 May 19 from Engadget

First results from New Horizons’ time in the Kuiper Belt

Only about 10 percent of the data has been transmitted so far, but it says a lot.

Thu 16 May 19 from Ars Technica

Distant object at edge of Solar System is an ancient relic from 4.5 billion years ago

It's a rather uninspiring object, with no moons, rings or dust clouds in orbit around it; nor is there any evidence of an atmosphere.        

Thu 16 May 19 from USA today

A Gentle Kiss: How the Kuiper Belt Object Ultima Thule Was Born

A surprisingly gentle merger between two small primordial bodies formed the distant object Ultima Thule, a new study suggests.

Thu 16 May 19 from

NASA finds space rock Ultima Thule is two bodies in an eternal hug - CNET

New Horizons' visit to the cold, tiny world provides a glimpse at the earliest days of our solar system.

Thu 16 May 19 from CNET Cutting Edge


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