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NASA’s New Horizons probe just nailed another ‘first’

June 13th, 2020

NASA’s New Horizons probe was able to help measure the distance between two stars and our home system thanks to its distant location. The probe’s images of the stars were compared with images of those same stars shot from Earth, and researchers calculated the distances. One of the stars, Proxima Centauri, hosts planets that have …

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New Horizons beams back a new revelation about Ultima Thule

February 11th, 2019

When NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft zoomed by the twin space rocks known collectively as Ultima Thule earlier this year, the images it sent back seemed to show a “space snowman” in all its glory. The photos showed two round lumps of rock attached by a thick “belt” in a shape known as a contact binary. …

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NASA reveals best-yet image of twin space rocks Ultima Thule

January 25th, 2019

NASA’s 2019 started off with a bang as its New Horizons probe zipped by the most distant object mankind has ever tried to visit, a strange space rock known as Ultima Thule. Scientists quickly discovered that Ultima Thule isn’t one object, but two, making it the first contact binary ever studied in such detail. Now, …

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Does Ultima Thule have moons? Scientists want to know

January 4th, 2019

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft sped past the peculiar asteroid binary known as Ultima Thule on New Year’s Day, and it collected an incredible amount of data. In its first transmission to Earth after passing its target New Horizons told its handlers that it had filled its on-board data storage to the brim. Now, as NASA …

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NASA declares New Horizons flyby of Ultima Thule a huge success

January 2nd, 2019

While most of us were popping the corks on bottles of champagne, NASA engineers were holding their breath as they watched the calendar flip to 2019 on the East Coast. That’s because the New Horizons spacecraft, which has now traveled some 4 billion miles through our Solar System, finally made its flyby of the most …

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NASA’s New Horizons discovers Ultima Thule is not one object, but two

January 2nd, 2019

The past two days have been incredibly exciting for NASA and its New Horizons spacecraft. The probe made its much-anticipated flyby of the mysterious Solar System object called Ultima Thule early on January 1st, and NASA declared the mission a success after receiving word that the spacecraft gathered a wealth of science data. Now, as …

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NASA’s New Horizons zoomed past Ultima Thule, and now we wait

January 1st, 2019

NASA kicked off the new year with a midnight flyby of the most distant Solar System object ever visited by a manmade spacecraft. New Horizons passed within a few thousand miles of the oblong space rock known as Ultima Thule just after the calendar page turned to 2019 on the East Coast, and it’s a …

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Watch NASA’s New Horizons flyby live stream right here

December 31st, 2018

NASA is celebrating the new year in the best way it knows how, and that just so happens to be with a live stream. Scientists and engineers will have to hold off on popping their champagne cork just a little longer than usual as they wait for the New Horizons space probe to make history, …