NASA, New Horizon, Ultima Thule, Pluto
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Now the New Year is going to be more special for the space-savvy creatures as NASA’s New Horizon Spacecraft will fly by the minor planet nicknamed Ultima Thule. While zip is pasting the emaciated icy asteroid after the stroke of the zero hours the probe will bestow the researchers with treasured information about the unexplored spectrum of space. Flying beyond Pluto, the spacecraft will whish into the space streaming to the ancient relic of the solar system.

Ultima Thule that was discovered by the Hubble Telescope while the researchers were contemplating the Kuiper belt is more likely to be demystified by the scientists as the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORI) will take hundreds of snaps. Researchers are exhibiting an incredible interest in the frozen chunk as said to be existing from the earliest day of the solar system. Plus the spacecraft will be flying over three times closer than NASA came to Pluto obtaining much higher spectroscopic resolution and much sharper images than at Pluto.

Ultima Thule will be getting more prominent within the sights of New Horizons as LORRI will fly by Ultima at more than 32,000mph. As per different scientific reports, Ultima Thule is about 19 miles in diameter! Can you even imagine? The object is even larger than the entire of Manhattan! Furthermore, astronomical objects like Ultima Thule are of significant importance because they are believed to be the building blocks of planets.

The name Ultima Thule itself means “beyond the borders of the known world” so the expedition of New Horizon into space is most probably going to reveal stunning data as part of the most distant exploration till date. But the bad news for astronomical geeks is that NASA has estimated the entire process of gathering data can take near around 18 months, so you have to wait a while before peeking into the distant space.

Tarun Singh
Tarun is an avid writer and reader. He is fond of exploring science and facts. Tarun is an engineer by profession and is now a full-time contributor to The News Recorder (India Edition). Tarun is the base behind the Science coverage over this online news platform.

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