Washington, December 27 (Sputnik) .- NASA's new horizon investigation entered the mode of Wednesday's meeting, preparing to make the Ultima Thule historical flight on January 1, 2019, the farthest object it has studied so far, located in the Kuiper belt , outside of Pluto.
"The new horizons just confirmed that they entered a meeting mode (…) Here we go!" Said Alice Bowman, director of mission operations, on her Twitter account bill.
The investigation will approach 3,500 kilometers of the object in an irregular manner, at a distance of three times smaller than the Pluto approach in 2015, and is currently 1.500 million kilometers above celestial bodies.
"From a scientific point of view, I think that when we started this mission, we never thought that we could achieve what we achieved, we are very excited," said Alan Stern, chief researcher of New Horizons, in an interview with the planetetary website .org.
The Cooper's belt is a region located around 30 astronomical units (the distance between the Earth and the Sun) with thousands of asteroids, comets and objects like Ultima Thule, which maintain the conditions when they formed 4,000 million years ago; the probe is 1,500 million kilometers above Pluto.
Ultima Tule, a Latin phrase meaning "place outside the famous world", is located 6,500 million kilometers from the Sun and lasts nearly 300 years to orbit.
Stern added that with a passage so close to the investigation, the images the ship will receive would be a better resolution than those made by Pluto.
"They will be spectacular," said the scientist, who added that the best images will be completed by February and that the first images of flight will arrive hours after the historic approach.
Stern added that in 2020, NASA would be asked to analyze the new facilities with the investigation, which will continue to pass through the Kuiper belt after January 1.
The flight will be held at 05:33 GMT, and the New Horizons team will know if the mission is successful at 15:30 GMT. (Sputnik)