The probe is in good condition, according to NASA. New Horizons will send photos of the asteroid and the results of other observations in the coming months. The first slide was already published by the agency and another one should follow on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, the space agency also announced scientific knowledge about Ultima Thule.
NASA officials looked for a stray flight because the probe would end up in pieces of ice or stones. At speeds of more than 50,000 kilometers per hour, the devices can be damaged even after they have collided with particle sizes of rice grains.
Scientists were not sure how the Ultima Thule, located in the dark corner of the universe known as the Kuiper Belt, actually looks like – whether it is round or elongated, whether it is a single object or a cluster of multiple bodies. From the first picture it looks like it has a shape that looks like a cone.
It was discovered in 2014 using the Hubble Space Telescope and is estimated to average 20 to 30 kilometers. Scientists have decided to explore it after the New Horizons launched in 2006 completed its first mission to Pluto nine years later, sending the most detailed images of this dwarf planet.
From more than hundreds of images made by New Horizons in 2015, NASA has made a video of how a landing on the dwarf planet Pluto might look like.