New Horizons: Nasa spacecraft makes historic flyby of Ultima Thule, four billion miles away

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.  

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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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