NASA Has Revealed Extraordinary Images of Ultima Thule Asteroid

NASA Has Revealed Extraordinary Image of Ultima Thule Asteroid

NASA has revealed a new image of the extraordinary Ultima Thule asteroid, photographed from a 4,000-mile distance.

The team has called the mission stretch goal. According to NASA “the mission team called it a “stretch goal” – just before closest approach, precisely pointing the cameras on NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft to snap the sharpest possible pictures of the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule, its New Year’s flyby target and the farthest object ever explored”.

New Horizons scientists created this movie from 14 different images taken by the New Horizons Long Range Reconnaissance Imager. We are suggesting to watch the video below!

On February 10 we have written another post about a new image [look at the post here]. There we have mentioned that there are also upcoming images which will come soon; they are the final views New Horizons captured of the KBO (officially named 2014 MU69) as it raced away at over 31,000 miles per hour (50,000 kilometers per hour) on Jan. 1.

[The higher resolution brings out a many surface features that weren’t readily apparent in earlier images. Among them are several bright, enigmatic, roughly circular patches of terrain. In addition, many small, dark pits near the terminator (the boundary between the sunlit and dark sides of the body) are better resolved]. “Whether these features are craters produced by impactors, sublimation pits, collapse pits, or something entirely different, is being debated in our science team,” said John Spencer, deputy project scientist from SwRI.

About the Ultima Thule!

Ultima Thule is a trans-Neptunian object located in the Kuiper belt. It is a contact binary 31 km long, composed of two joined bodies. It is classified as a classical Kuiper belt object. Ultima Thule asteroid is considered as the farthest and most primitive object in the Solar System visited by a spacecraft.

Source: Text; NASA

Image credit; NASA