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New Horizons Spacecraft Takes the Inside Course To Ultima Thule

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posted on Jan, 1 2019 @ 11:45 AM
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First more-or-less close looks at Ultima Thule: orbiterchspacenews.blogspot.com...



It's really only just a few pixels, but we can guess the approximate shape.



It looks like a bowling pin.




posted on Jan, 1 2019 @ 12:23 PM
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Well... better than fuzzy dice!!!

If you know what I mean...

That is so cool!! And iirc the window is 72 hours.

I hope there is more to come!!






posted on Jan, 12 2019 @ 03:40 AM
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Preliminary science results from the flyby, for those who are intersted: arxiv.org...

Mainly discussing the shape, the surface, the colour, and a few other things.

I'm glad they noticed that the areas near the "neck" show some colour variation from the rest of the object.

I reprocessed the colour-enhanced images of Ultima Thule into this approximatly-true-colour view:




posted on Jan, 16 2019 @ 04:54 PM
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It is interesting that they did not observe any dust surrounding UT. And little to no interaction with the solar wind.

I guess we'll have to wait until March to see how that paper gets fleshed out with more data!




posted on Jan, 17 2019 @ 10:59 AM
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originally posted by: TEOTWAWKIAIFF
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It is interesting that they did not observe any dust surrounding UT. And little to no interaction with the solar wind.

I guess we'll have to wait until March to see how that paper gets fleshed out with more data!


That's why they called it the most pristine object visited in the Solar System. It had virtually no impacts for most of its existence, and the Sun's inflence there is extremely small.




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