New Horizons: Nasa spacecraft makes historic flyby of Ultima Thule, four billion miles away
Posted On July 14, 2020
A Nasa spacecraft has conducted a historic flyby of the farthest, and quite possibly the oldest, cosmic body ever explored by humankind.
The US space agency was hoping to take a closer look at a tiny, distant world called Ultima Thule early on Tuesday, hoping the frozen cosmic object will reveal some clues as to how planets took shape 4.6 billion years ago.
It rang in the New Year with a live online broadcast to mark New Horizons’ zoom past the mysterious object located about four billion miles away in a dark and frigid region of space known as the Kuiper Belt.
The flyby at 12.33 am on Tuesday (5.33am GMT) took place about a billion miles beyond Pluto, which was until now the most faraway world…
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