NASA's Space Shutter Zoom to the farthest, and probably the oldest, cosmic body ever photographed by humanity, a small, distant world called Ultima Thule, about 6 billion miles (6.4 billion kilometers).
The US space agency will ring in the New Year with a live electronic broadcast to mark the historic spill over of the mysterious object in dark and frigid regions of the area known as the Kuiper Belt at 12:33 pm on January 1 (0533 afternoon Tuesday).
An anthem of hymn made by legendary guitarist Queen Brian May, who also has an advanced degree in astrophysics, will be released shortly after midnight to accompany a video flight simulation, as NASA commentators describe a nearby passage at www.nasa.gov / nasal.
The real-time video of real overflow is impossible, because a signal sent from Earth takes more than six hours to reach a spaceship, called New Horizons, and another six hours to arrive.
But if everything goes well, the first images should be in their hands until the end of the New Year's Day.
And judging by the latest tweet by Alan Stern, a leading scientist in the New Horizons mission, the excitement among team members is obvious.
"NO EVENT! Flying over us! @ NewHorizons2015 is healthy and the course! The farthest exploration of worlds in history!" writes on Saturday.
– How does it look? –
Scientists are not sure what the Ultima Thule looks like (TOO-lee) – whether it's a circular or a triangle, even if it's a single object or cluster.
It was discovered in 2014 with the help of the Hubble Space Telescope and is believed to be about 20-20 kilometers long.
Scientists decided to study with New Horizons after the spaceship, which began in 2006, completed its main Flute mission in 2015, returning the farthest images ever taken from the dwarf planet.
"At the closest approach, we will try to imitate" Ultima "three times after the resolution we have for Pluto," Stern said.
"If we can achieve that it will be spectacular."
Flying through the universe at a speed of 51,500 kilometers per hour, the spacecraft aims to make its closest approach at 3,500 kilometers from the surface of Ultima Tule.
The overflow will be fast, at a speed of 14 kilometers per second.
Seven instruments on the board will record high-resolution images and will collect data on its size and composition.
Ultima Thule is named for the mythical, far north island in medieval literature and cartography, according to NASA.
"Ultima Thule means" out of Thule "- beyond the boundaries of the famous world – symbolizing the research of distant objects on the Kuiper belt and the Kuiper belt carried out by the New Horizons, something that has never been done before," the US space agency said.
According to the scientist of the Hal Hearth Project from the Johns Hopkins Laboratory of Applied Physics, mankind did not even know the Kuiperis belt – a huge ring of relics from the formed days of the solar system – existed until the 1990s.
"This is the boundary of planetary science," Wyver said.
"At last we reached the periphery of the Solar System, these things that were there from the beginning and were difficult to change – we think, we will find out."
Despite the partial disconnection of the US government, caused by controversy over funding the borderline with Mexico between President Donald Trump and opposition democrats, NASA administrator Jim Bridgestone has vowed that the US space agency will broadcast the flight.
Normally, the NASA website and NASA's website will become dark at the time of the government's closure.
NASA will also provide updates for another spacecraft, called OSIRIS-REx, which will enter orbit around the asteroid Bennu on New Year's Eve, said Bridgestone.