~ Update posted 2nd January 2019 ~
Woohoo! New Horizons successfully flyby’s Ultima Thule
Now awaiting for the spectacular images…
Alan Stern with a reporter who is the Principal Investigator for the mission.
(Screenshot image taken during the live broadcast with my mobile phone)
On 1st January 2019 NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will flyby Ultima Thule!
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is about to make a flyby of the mysterious elongated object nicknamed Ultima Thule (Ultima thoo-lee) that is located at an incredible 1.6 billion kilometres beyond Pluto in the distant Kuiper Belt.
At around 3.30pm (AEST) on New Year day, New Horizons will swoop past Ultima Thule three times closer than it buzzed by Pluto in 2015. Because it takes ~6 hours for radio signals from the Kuiper Belt to reach Earth, first images will not be released to the public until Jan. 2nd.
The watch the live coverage of the event and find out more about this amazing mission to the outer reaches of our solar system please go to the mission website at: