NASA researchers have been able to capture the Ultima Thule's highest-resolution image, the oldest ever-studied space vehicle . The New Horizons probe visited New Year's Eve and collected information about its size and shape.
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Chief researcher for new horizons, Alan Stern from the Southwest Research Institute, was delighted that the team managed to capture the image. Bullseye! He said in a statement. "Obtaining these images required us to know exactly where the tiny Ultima and the New Horizons were – instantaneously – when they passed one after another at more than 32,000 miles an hour in the faint light of the Kuiper belt, one billion miles behind Pluto. It was much more complicated than anything we tried on our flight in 2015. "
The high resolution of the images allowed the scientist to look even closer to the subject, including features that had not been seen before. areas of the terrain that are surprisingly circular and dark crater pits that could be caused by the impact of other bodies or collapse within Ultima Thule. The team is now working on an understanding of what might be the cause of these features.
These images are the highest resolution ever collected by New Horizons when it travels through the Kuiper belt. Now this ship is 4.13 billion miles (6.64 billion km) from the Earth, and its work continues to work flawlessly even at this extraordinary distance. To track a craft when traveling to new and unknown Kuiper belt objects, you can follow the site "Where are the new horizons"