On NASA space probe New horizons (New Horizons in Spanish) flew over this Tuesday with success Ultima Thule, at the celestial object farthest that humanity has explored so far, located in the Kuiper belt, about 6,500 million kilometers from the Sun.
"The new horizons flew through the farthest celestial object that ever visited the spacecraft. Congratulations on the team!""said NASA chief, Jim Briden, on your official Twitter account.
Bridgestone celebrated that the US space agency, along with its collaborators in this mission, Johns Hopkins University and Southwest Research Institute, "they returned to re-create history".
Confirmed! @NASANewHorizons flight from the farthest object ever visited by the spacecraft. Congratulations to the Nova Horizons team, @JHUAPL and the Southwest Research Institute to re-create history! pic.twitter.com/t47BOmo7c1
– Jim Bridentine (@JimBridenstine) January 1, 2019
Ultima Thule, the name chosen by the public in a NASA call to name an object known as that time as 2014 MU69, comes from a Greek-origin term used by Roman and medieval geographers to indicate a place "located outside from the famous world ".
According to NASA, the New Horizons probe, which already reviewed Pluto in 2015, will shoot high-resolution photos of the Ultima Thule 72 hours of 3,500 kilometers in order to recognize its surface and composition and to find out if there is an atmosphere or other celestial bodies around it.
Ultima Thule is located in one of the most remote regions of the Solar System, known as the Kuiper belt, in honor of the astronomer who predicted its existence in the fifties, Gerard Kuiper.
Scientists and astronomers in charge of this mission hope that the information collected by New Horizons will help to better understand the formation of the solar system and how the planets are built.
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Before this mission, the team led by the scientist Alan Stern, from the Southwest Research Institute, he measures the idea that Ultima Thule is the unification of two different planetary objects.
However, the scientist at Johns Hopkins University, Hal WeverHe assured that it was about this an asteroid similar to peanut or bolus, after seeing the latest Ultima Thule images from a very low resolution.
"It's a very common occurrence among the solar celestial solar system's small celestial bodies," Wyver told a press conference after receiving the first signal from the New Horizons after the mission's completion.
According to Weaver, this form would explain another mystery to this distant celestial body: its variations in brightness.
?First picture of #UltimaThule! ? Left is composite of two images taken from @NASANewHorizons, which provides the best label for the size and shape of Ultima Tule (the artist's impression on the right). More photos will come on January 2nd! https://t.co/m9ys0VhmLA pic.twitter.com/qZu0KL8uJB
– John Hopkins APL (@JHUAPL) January 1, 2019
For his part, Stern clarified at that press conference that panchromatic high resolution images "will not arrive by February, roughly".
The mission leader took the opportunity to congratulate the work of all members of the New Horizons team, whose task has been described as excellent.
"The New Horizons team seems easy, it's not, this team has spent three and a half years working hard to make this happen, and from what we can see, they got a 100% result," said Stern, who announced that they will start by writing the first scientific article on the mission this week.