NASA Spacecraft zooms toward the most distant, and most probably the oldest, cosmic body ever photographed by humanity, a tiny remote world called Ultima Thule, about 4 billion kilometers away.
The US space agency will nominate a live show in New Year's Eve to mark the historic breakthrough of the mysterious facility in the dark and ice region, known as the Kuwait Belt at 12:33 AM on January 1 (0533 GMT Tuesday).
The guitar hymn recorded by legendary Queen Guitarist Brian May – who also graduated astrophysics – will be released shortly after midnight to follow the video simulation of the flight, while NASA commentators describe the prison passage at www.nasa.gov / nasalive.
In real-time, a real fly video is impossible, as it takes more than six hours for a signal sent from Earth to reach the spacecraft called New Horizons and another six hours for the response.
But if everything goes well, the first pictures should be in hand until the end of New Year.
And judging by the latest tweet by Alan Sterne, the leading scientist in the New Horizons mission, the excitement among team members is tricky.
"This is happening! Flying is on us!" NewHorizons2015 is healthy and on the go! The farthest exploration of worlds in history! " wrote on Saturday.
– How does it look like? –
Scientists are not sure how Ultima Thule (pronounces TOO-lee) looks – whether it is round or oblong or even if it is only one object or set.
It was discovered in 2014 with the help of the Hubble Space Telescope and is believed to be 20 to 20 kilometers.
Scientists have decided to study it with the New Horizons after the spacecraft launched in 2006 completed its main flight mission to Pluto 2015, returning the most captivating images ever shot by the dwarf planet.
"In the closest approach we will try to show Ultim three times the resolution of Pluto," Stern said.
"If we can achieve this, it will be spectacular."
Passing through the space at 51,500 kilometers per hour, the spacecraft aims to get closer to a distance of 2,500 miles from Ultima Thule's surface.
Flight will be fast, nine miles (14 kilometers) per second.
Seven panel instruments will capture high definition images and gather information about its size and composition.
Ultima Thule is named after the mythical, distant north island of medieval literature and cartography, NASA says.
"Ultima Thule means" behind Thule "- beyond the boundaries of the world known – symbolizes the study of the far Kuiper Belt and the Kuiper Belt facilities that New Horizons performs, something that has never been done before," said the US Space Agency statement.
According to Hal Weaver's research scientist from the John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, humanity did not even know that the Kuiper belt – the huge ring relic from the days of the formation of the Solar System – existed until the 1990s.
"This is the boundary of planetary science," Weaver said.
"We finally reached the suburbs of the Sun's system, and things that were there from the beginning and barely changed – we think. We'll find out."
Despite the partial closure of the US government caused by the conflict over the financing of the Mexican border wall between President Donald Trump and opposition Democrats, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine promised that the US space agency would issue a flight.
Normally, NASA TV and NASA's website will be in the dark when closing the government.
NASA will also provide updates on another spaceship called OSIRIS-REX, which will enter the orbit around the Benoutic asteroid at Silvestrovo, Bridenstine said.