“[Ultima Thule] was, as we said, always a placeholder we would discard once we did the flyby.”
The first profile of the most distant object ever explored has just been published. When our @NASANewHorizons spacecraft flew by Ultima Thule — four billion miles from Earth — it revealed secrets about the era of planet formation. Discover more:
*** HELLO, HELLO! *** January 1, 2019. The spacecraft, launched in January 2006, encounters 20km wide Kuiper-Belt comet 2014-MU69, the farthest object we’ve ever seen close up. Nicknamed “Ultima Thule,” a Medieval reference to “Beyond Known Lands.”
Astrophysicist and Queen rock legend Brian May is here at . His song about Ultima Thule premieres tonight. (Meanwhile in the Kuiper belt...) "Don't stop me now, I'm having such a good time!!" 🎶 -The New Horizons spacecraft, probably, if it could sing
BREAKING…Signal has just been received at mission control, New Horizons has successfully started its flyby program of stored commands and the exploration of Ultima Thule 4 billion miles away! THIS IS IT FOLKS, FLYBY HAS BEGUN! Go New Horizons!! #NASA #Science #SPACE #ULTIMAFLYBY
#BREAKING A NASA spacecraft flies past the most distant world ever studied by humankind, Ultima Thule, 6.4 billion km away
TALLY HO ULTIMA THULE!! An ancient relic of solar system formation, 4+ billion miles away, as dark as dirt, & shining only in the faint sunlight of the Kuiper Belt. Here it is, in a New Horizons imaging sequence. SEE IT MOVE, AGAINST THE STARS? TALLY HO! We'll be there on Monday!
RIGHT THIS MINUTE, NASA’s spacecraft is firing its engines out in the Kuiper Belt to home in on our next flyby target!! That target is an ancient world called Ultima Thule. This engine burn is the farthest ever made by any spacecraft. ULTIMA, HERE WE COME!
The LONG hibernation for New Horizons is ending! Yes, tonight we'll take our bird out of its almost 6-month long hibernation and into active ops to begin flyby preps for Ultima Thule at New Years day 2019! GO NEW HORIZONS! #PlutoFlyby