NASA's New Horizons probe has passed Ultima Thule – an atomic dust and ice sphere that is 6.5 miles from Earth.
- It will take months for NASA to receive data from today's flight
- Scientists have not discovered Ultima Thule when the probe was launched in 2006, linked to Pluto and its moons
- While Ultima Thule is the foremost object that NASA explored, Voyager 1 and 2 are the farthest objects made by humans
This is far from the Sun, and all the aircraft have ever explored an object, and the New Horizons have taken over 13 years to come to the rocks.
The New Horizons probe should arrive in the "third zone" in the morning in the unknown heart of the Kuiper band in the morning, and scientists have to wait anxiously for an hour for official confirmation via the communication probe system.
As he celebrated at the NASA headquarters, chief researcher Alan Stern said that taking data from today's flight would take months.
"This really starts with downlink and transmissions that start tomorrow and will last a year and a half," he said.
"We set a record. Never before has the aircraft explored so far."
"Think about it – we're a billion miles away from Pluto."
Celebrities of enthusiastic scientists joined Brian May, rock band guitarist and astrophysicist.
"I can not believe what we will see. The thing is, we have no idea what we will see, and that's what makes it so great, is not it?" said May.
"This is a completely unknown territory, which makes us so excited at the moment."
Queen Guitarist Brian May was among the excited scientists who celebrated this achievement. (Reuters: NASA / Bill Ingalls)
Launched in January 2006, the New Horizons set off on a 4 billion-mile journey toward the cold edge of the solar system to study the planet's planet Pluto and its five months.
The New Horizons reviewed Pluto when three years ago the planet-dwarf passed.
Scientists did not discover Ultima Thule when the probe was launched, according to NASA, making the mission unique in this regard.
2014 astronomers found Thule using the Hubble Space Telescope and picked it for the expanded New Horizon mission in 2015.
While Ultima Thule is the foremost object that NASA investigated, New Horizon agency investigation is not the farthest human object of Earth.
Voyager 1 and 2 have reached the interstellar space, the area between the stars, crossing the threshold in August 2012 and November 2018.
An illustration showing the movement of a spacecraft in the solar system
(Delivered: NASA / JHUAPL / SwRI / Magda Saina)
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