NASA & # 39; s New Horizons probe flew past the most distant object in the solar system that terrestrial vehicles ever traveled to and sent its first photos to Earth. This was reported to NASA during a press conference.
"We just received a signal confirming the passage of the New Horizons beyond the Ultima Thule." Science will help us explore our solar system, "NASA told the applause.
Immediately after confirming the information:
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Ultima Thule (Edge of the World – Ed.) – Trans-Neptunian asteroid from the Kuiper belt, which is 6.5 billion km from the sun (about 150 million km from the earth to the sun). It is a fragment of irregular shape with a diameter of about 30 km. It is also known that the surface of the asteroid is red – probably due to saturation with hydrocarbons.
The first photo of Ultima Thule:
New Horizons flew to an asteroid for 13 years. The first mission of the Horizons was to study Pluto with its natural satellite, Charon. In the future the device also flew past Jupiter and successfully carried out a gravitational maneuver in his field.
Now New Horizons enter the suburbs of the solar system – in the Kuiper belt, which is saturated with "residual material" of the formation of the solar system – mostly small space cells consisting of methane, ammonia and water.
So from the Horizons Ultima Thule saw 31 December:
It is noted that the data from the probe to the earth only reaches a speed of 1000 bps.
In general, the mission of New Horizons is designed for 15-17 years.
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