Jakarta, CNN Indonesia – Unmanned aircraft NASA has successfully sent a signal back to The earth, Tuesday (1/1). Successfully received signals from this plane indicate that this plane has successfully passed risk flights through the furthest planetary objects that have ever been studied, it is clear that the space agency The United StatesNASA.
"We have healthy aircraft," said Alice Bowman, operational manager of the New Horizon space mission that passed Ultima Thule after a new year at 05:33 GMT or 12:33 WIB, Tuesday (1/1).
Ultima Thule is a Kuiper belt region full of ice material. This belt is 2 billion kilometers away from the farthest planet Neptune and is 1.5 billion kilometers away from the dwarf planet Pluto. New Horizon reached Pluto in 2015.
"We just finished the most distant flight", he explained again, as quoted by AFP.
The signal sent by the unmanned aircraft takes 6 hours and 8 minutes to reach the earth. The plane is now 6.4 billion kilometers away from the earth.
Photos & data will be sent to scientists next Thursday. These data are expected to help scientists understand the origins of the solar system.
These photos will be received by NASA's giant antenna in Madrid, Spain. It is estimated that there will be hundreds of thousands of Kuiper belt members such as Ultima. The condition of frozen ice is supposed to be an indication of how the solar system was formed 4.6 billion years ago.
The task of New Horizon to draw images on the outer planet is expected to be carried out until September 2020.
The first high resolution images will be sent in February.
"The (lower resolution) images that have come down this week are enough to reveal the basic geology and structure of the user interface." We will write our first scientific paper next week ", Chief Investigator Alan Stern said, quoted as saying BBC, (ex / ex)