A new image from the Nasa space probe “New Horizons” reveals new insights about the celestial body Ultima Thule. Already at the approach of the captured images, the US probe indicated the possibility of a double body. The first detailed image of dense fly-by from the Tuesday confirmed that, as reported by the BBC. The photo shows two objects, which work together like a snow man.
“New Horizons” hit Ultima Thule 6.5 billion kilometers away from earth. The event set a record for the furthest exploration of a solar system object. The previous mark was also set by “New Horizons”, as they flew in 2015, the dwarf planet Pluto over.Ultima is located 1.5 billion kilometres.
The probe was flown past with about 51.500 miles per hour in around 3500 kilometers distance to Ultima Thule in the so-called Kuiper belt. The celestial body was, as yet, extremely little is known.
The mission team has decided to call the bigger part of the “Ultima,” and the smaller part of “Thule”. The volume ratio is three to one.
researchers have up to 20 months on data
wait showed the First photos of Ultima Thule, that the object is about 32 times 16 kilometers in size and either one or two objects around each other flying around.
“The data that we have, look fantastic, and we learn a lot from the flight,” said mission head Alan Stern. “From now on, the data will be only better.” Until all the data are downloaded, it can take around 20 months.
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The 700-million-Euro “New Horizons”Mission has a lot: In January 2006, the probe was launched from the spaceport at Cape Canaveral in the U.S. state of Florida, and then on numerous planets coming in. 2015 happened to be the first flight of the body of Pluto.
A touch of color
According to BBC report showing the new data from the U.S. space Agency, the darkness of Ultima Thule. His brightest areas reflect, therefore, only 13 percent of the incident light, its darkest just six percent. “This is so similar to the flowers of the earth,” said Cathy Olkin, the Deputy project scientist of the Mission, the transmitter.
however, There is also a touch of color. “We had a rough colour of the Hubble telescope, but now we can definitely say that Ultima Thule is red,” added Mrs Carly Howett. “Our current theory of why Ultima Thule is red, the irradiation of exotic ice cream.” Most of its surface was burned over the Eons by the power of cosmic rays and x-rays that fill the room rich,””.