In this initial year 2019, NASA has cut off the new record for New Horizons, approaching the farthest object that man has ever explored, and that is even above Pluto, This heavenly body is 6.500 million kilometers away from Earth.
This is Ultima Thule, a 35-km-long asteroid at 15km, the name chosen by the public in the North American Space Agency, calling the facility that was then known as the MU69, which later discovered Hubble's Space Telescope,
First pictures, in black and white, allow us to notice that the asteroid is turning (we still do not know at what speed) and that its axis of rotation looks to the Earth. Everything suggests that it may have a shape similar to that of a snowman, but it can not be ruled out that it is two objects that circulate together. Last Thule It is characterized by the presence of ice and conditions that have remained unchanged since the birth of the Solar System 4,500 million years ago.
"The probe is in perfect condition. We just got the farthest flight"said Alice Bowman, mission manager, between applause and joy at the Johns Hopkins (USA) Applied Physics Laboratory, where a control center is located." Scientific data will now begin to appear. understand the origin of our solar system, "he added.
Between the applause and joy at the Johns Hopkins (USA) Applied Physics Laboratory, where the control center is located.
According to NASA, the New Horizons probe, which has already been reviewed by Pluto in 2015, has taken photographs of the Ultima Thule 72 hours and 3.500 kilometers distant to identify its surface and composition and find out whether the surrounding environment or other celestial bodies .
The best quality images taken by the boat have not been revealed yet – some are expected in the last minute of today – since the signals last six hours to Earth and travel only one kilowatt per second. For this reason, the photos taken close up and in high resolution will take months.
"New horizons behaved as expected, making the farthest exploration all over history, noted Alan Stern, chief mission researcher and scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado (USA). "The information we have seen so far looks fantastic and we already learn about Ultima Thule."
The last Thule, the Remote KBO (Kuiper Belt), passed on NASA's New Horizons, looks like it has a peanut shape.
Ultima Thule is located in one of the farthest regions of the Solar System, known as the Kuiper Belt, in honor of the astronomer who predicted its existence in the 1950s, Gerard Kuiper.
The New Horizons Probe was launched in 2006. In 2015, Pluto dropped out of the planet, discovering the complex geology of this world. It is now anticipated that the ship will spend 20 months of downloading the recorded data when it passes past Ultima Thule. Its energy will allow it to function until the mid-thirties, so you might be able to explore another subject in the Kuiper belt.
Queen Guitarist, British Brian May, has just released his first solo song in 20 years, titled "New Horizons (Ultima Thule Mix)" in what he honors with NASA's mission of the same name.
Brian May has just released his first solo song in 20 years, titled "New Horizons (Ultima Thule Mix)", in honor of the recent mission of NASA.
It's a song of just over 4 minutes, giving a clear musical reference to the rock stars of the group he shared with Freddy Mercury in the 70's and 80's. for the "new horizons" of mankind, as the title of the song translates into space research.
The video that accompanies a music piece mixes animation and capturing spaceships with images of celestial bodies and the universe. In addition to being one of the most recognizable guitarists in rock history, May has a PhD in astrophysics and prominent personalities of the academic world.