NEW YORK (Reuters) – The American probe New Horizons celebrated about half an hour after the new year and flew for the first time over the most distant and probably the earliest celestial bodies that explored a distance of about 6.4 billion kilometers.
The American space agency NASA said the probe succeeded in completing its unprecedented mission and sending a signal to Earth that took about 10 hours to arrive, because the direct transport of images and scenes from that distance was impossible.
"The probe is working, and we have just completed the last flight," said Alice Boman, one of the project's officers.
A first image of Ultima Thule, a distance of 1.9 million kilometers, was unexpected.
On this opaque photo, the small object (20 to 30 km) appears rectangular and non-circular and the earth will return other images in the next three days.
The asteroid "Ultima Thule" is located in the Kuiper Belt, a cloud of ancient bodies that encapsulates the solar system, and was first seen by the Hubble telescope in 2014.
In the first new year & # 39; The New Horizons probe will write history & # 39; when it flies near the Altima Thuley, the farthest object that has been discovered so far in our solar system, on a NASA mission.
In an event aired on Tuesday after midnight, the world will board the spacecraft on a mission near the primitive Altima Thule & # 39; see that & # 39; outside of the known world & # 39; means, because it is in an area that is not yet known.
The Altima Thule, whose real name is MU69, is about four billion miles from the sun and one billion miles from Planet Pluto.
According to NASA, no spacecraft ever reached that far distance, and the mission is to reach a distance of about 3500 kilometers around the object.
The Altima Thole in an area called the Kiber Belt near the planet Neptune in our solar system contains frozen objects that are thought to occur in the millions and which are thought to have been formed at the beginning of the solar system.
The vehicle flies from a short distance to this location to take pictures and study the structure of the object and its chemical components, taking a look at one of the most important blocks formed with the formation of our solar system.