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NASA spacecraft sends images of icy object past Pluto

NASA spacecraft sends images of icy object past Pluto

To Earthlings, it looks like a snowman. As such, scientists still aren't entirely sure how the planets of the Solar System got their start.

Operating on autopilot, New Horizons was out of radio contact with controllers at Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory from late Monday afternoon until late Tuesday morning. A distant object now actually feels real to everyone here on Earth.

It will take almost two years to beam all of the images and data the piano-sized spacecraft collected back to Earth. "On the other hand, it would be nice to go more than one day in 2019 without thinking about Nazis". With the arrival of the photos, they are now calling the bigger sphere Ultima and the smaller one Thule.

An image of Thule, sent overnight and barely more detailed than previous images, deepens the mystery of whether Thule is a single rock shaped like an asymmetrical peanut or actually two rocks orbiting each other, "blurred together due to their proximity", Stern said. For now, researchers have plenty of Ultima Thule data to decipher.

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Ultima Thule, a name that was nominated by 40 people, won the public poll.

"Just because some bad guys once liked that term, we're not going to let 'em hijack it", Stern said. In 2014, astronomers found Thule using the Hubble Space Telescope and the following year selected it for New Horizon's extended mission.

The object has two lobes, with the larger one now taking the name Ultima and the smaller becoming Thule.

"When I first saw the images, I think I probably said "wow" a million times", says Anne Verbiscer, New Horizons' assistant project scientist. Various images which were signaled by the spaceship was studied in details by the scientists of NASA where there happened to find the asteroid is made up of two lobes or spheres which are stuck together and are gravitated towards each other.

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The new image also resolved the debate about the nature of Ultima Thule.

Moore said it appears the two spheres came together gently, at speeds of perhaps 1 or 2 miles per hour - not in some violent collision in space. "If you had a collision with another vehicle at those speeds, you may not even bother to fill out the insurance forms", he said. "We are seeing a physical representation of the beginning of planetary formation, frozen in time". NASA's space probe managed to come within 3,540 km of Ultima Thule, a 32-km-long space rock in the Kuiper Belt - a ring of icy celestial bodies just outside Neptune's orbit. At a news conference on Wednesday, scientists working with NASA's New Horizons mission released several images that the spacecraft took as it flew by on January 1.

The US probe's images acquired as it approached Ultima hinted at the possibility of a double body, but the first detailed picture confirms it. That's why it already holds such lessons about the formation of the planets. Kuiper belt objects "are the first planetesimals", he said. "We know this is how many objects like this form".

Scientists have ascertained that the object takes about 15 hours to make a full rotation.

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