Every day we learn more and more about space. However, these achievements wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of scientists. This time NASA has decided to explore another unknown area. The New Horizons spacecraft should reach a world located more than six billion kilometers away, placed at the edge of the solar system.
The object has been nicknamed Ultima Thule, and its official name is 2014 MU69. Ultima Thule translates as “beyond the known world” and the name has been chosen after a contest. The spacecraft should reach 2014 MU69 on January 1.
Got plans for #NewYears? Watch @NASANewHorizons make history as it reaches #UltimaThule, the farthest object ever explored by a spacecraft. 🛰https://t.co/Jn84tze2HYpic.twitter.com/j4LvhLmNz0
— Johns Hopkins APL (@JHUAPL) December 22, 2018
New Horizons should get closest to Ultima Thule on January 1, and this would be the farthest world visited by a human-created mission. “This is a time capsule that is going to take us back four and a half billion years to the birth of the solar system,” explained Alan Stern. You can keep up with the journey on Twitter as well:
IT’S HAPPENING!! Flyby is upon us! @NewHorizons2015 is healthy and on course! The farthest exploration of worlds in history! #Science#NASA#Space#UltimaFlyby#UltimaThulepic.twitter.com/oca7Z6IH8l
— Alan Stern (@AlanStern) December 29, 2018
This is not the first time New Horizons manages to achieve something incredible. The spacecraft was launched back in 2006 and it managed to capture incredible picture of Pluto back in 2015. “Across the whole team, people are ready, they’re in the game, we can’t wait to go exploring. It’s been three-and-a-half years (since the Pluto flyby), we’ve worked so hard, people are ready to see that payoff and see what we can learn about the birth of our solar system,” Stern concluded.
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