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Jan 03, 2019 - 1:37 PM

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NASA says faraway world Ultima Thule shaped like 'snowman'

Jan 03, 2019 - 9:24 AM

The first detailed images allow scientists to confidently determine the body was formed when two spheres, or 'lobes,' slowly gravitated towards each other until they stuck together – a major scientific discovery

ULTIMA THULE. This handout image released January 2, 2019 by NASA, the first color image of Ultima Thule, taken at a distance of 85,000 miles (137,000 kilometers) at 4:08 Universal Time on January 1, 2019, highlights its reddish surface. AFP PHOTO / NASA / Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory / Southwest Research Institute

NASA's New Horizons succeeds in historic flyby of faraway world

Jan 02, 2019 - 12:13 AM

(UPDATED) 'We have a healthy spacecraft,' says the missions operations manager for the unmanned spacecraft

FLYBY. This artist's illustration obtained from NASA on December 21, 2018 shows the New Horizons spacecraft encountering 2014 MU69 –€“ nicknamed '€œUltima Thule'€ –€“ a Kuiper Belt object that orbits one billion miles beyond Pluto. Handout by NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/AFP

NASA spaceship zooms toward farthest world ever photographed

Dec 31, 2018 - 2:48 PM

Hurtling through space at a speed of 51,500 kilometers per hour, the spacecraft aims to make its closest approach within 3,500 kilometers of the surface of Ultima Thule

FLYBY. The New Horizons spacecraft is poised to zoom by Ultima Thule, an icy body in the Kuiper Belt, at a distance of just 2,200 miles (3,500 kilometers). Image from NASA

NASA spaceship closes in on distant world

Dec 29, 2018 - 9:15 AM

The historic flyby to Ultima Thule, the most distant world ever studied, is set to 'take us back 4 and a half billion years to the birth of the solar system'

BEAMING UP. Artist's impression of the New Horizons probe sending data towards the Earth. File Photo by NASA

NASA rings in New Year with historic flyby of faraway world

Dec 24, 2018 - 10:00 PM

(UPDATED) The flyby takes place about a billion miles beyond Pluto, the most faraway world visited by a spacecraft so far