The space probe New Horizons flew to the celestial body Ultima Thule in the past. The Nasa informed. Ultima Thule spent 6.4 billion kilometers away from earth, in a space region called the Kuiper belt. Never before has approached to a human object to a such a distant heavenly body.
“We have finally reached the edge of the solar system – the things that were there from the beginning, and hardly to have changed, as we believe. We’ll find out,” said Hal Weaver from the Johns Hopkins research center.
Tuesday afternoon, the space Agency expects the first Signal to pass. A real-time video was not possible, because it will take more than six hours, until a Signal from earth reaches the spacecraft. Six more hours are added for the Transmission of the response.
On Monday, Nasa released a pixelated and blurry image of Ultima Thule, which was taken from a distance of just under two million kilometres. This seems to show a rather long drawn-out space of the object, and not round, as expected. In just a few seconds-long flight, the probe should make around 900 images. These clearer images are expected to arrive in the next three days.
New Horizons had already been delivered 2015 spectacular photos of the dwarf planet Pluto. Ultima Thule was discovered, 2014, with the help of the Hubble space telescope.