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New day, new data! Brand-new findings from our New Horizons spacecraft’s flyby of the most distant object ever explored – #UltimaThule:
🌕 No evidence of rings or satellites
🌐 No evidence of an atmosphere
⛄️ The two lobes are nearly identical in color
➕ More! Get the details: http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/News-Center/News-Article.php?page=20190103
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More science incoming! Yesterday we learned that #UltimaThule is made of two separate objects that are now bound together. What will we learn today? Join New Horizons experts at 2 p.m. EST as they discuss the latest science sent to Earth from ~1 billion miles past Pluto: https://www.nasa.gov/live
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On New Year’s Day, our New Horizons spacecraft flew past #UltimaThule – the most distant object ever explored. While the flyby was quick, it will take around 20 months to downlink the full data set from the spacecraft, which is currently more than ~4 billion miles from the Sun. Learn more: https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/
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#UltimaThule is the first primordial contact-binary ever explored up-close by a spacecraft, meaning it was once two separate objects that are now bound together. It is a pristine specimen, preserved as it was formed. Other similarly shaped objects have been modified over time due to their closer proximity to the Sun. Learn more about this distant object explored by our New Horizons spacecraft: http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/News-Center/News-Article.php?page=20190102
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Meet #UltimaThule! After flying by the most distant object ever explored, our New Horizons spacecraft beamed back the first pictures and science data. These new images, taken from as close as 17,000 miles, revealed that this object is a “contact binary,” consisting of two connected spheres: http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/News-Center/News-Article.php?page=20190102

The team says that the two spheres likely joined as early as 99 percent of the way back to the formation of the solar system, colliding no faster than two cars in a fender-bender. Studying Ultima Thule is helping us understand how planets form — both those in our own solar system and those orbiting other stars in our galaxy. Data from the New Year's Day flyby will continue to arrive over the next weeks and months, with much higher resolution images yet to come.
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In the early hours of New Year’s Day, our New Horizon’s spacecraft flew past #UltimaThule, an object located in a region of primordial objects that holds keys to understanding the origins of the solar system. Join us live from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory today at 2 p.m. EST as we explore the latest science results! Tune in: https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive
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Join us live from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory at 12:15 a.m. EST as we mark the historic #NewYearsEve flyby of #UltimaThule. The New Horizons spacecraft is scheduled to perform the most distant planetary flyby ever at 12:33 a.m. Tune in: https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive
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New Horizons mission experts are gathering at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory ahead of tonight’s historic flyby of #UltimaThule. Join them live at 8 p.m. EST as they talk about this icy world located ~1 billion miles past Pluto and how it will give us insight into the early solar system. Watch: https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive
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Have questions about the New Horizons spacecraft and tonight’s most distant planetary flyby ever performed? Join experts online at 3 p.m. EST and use #askNASA for all your questions about this exciting milestone taking place ~1 billion miles past Pluto this #NewYearsEve.
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We’re almost there! Our New Horizons spacecraft is hours away from performing the most distant planetary flyby in history as it zooms past #UltimaThule tonight. Hear from experts today at 2 p.m. EST to get all the details: https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive
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