Following our first look at the MU69 2014 back in January, New Horizons has gone back according to its most busy shots of the distance space object again. The images have a resolution of about 110 feet per pixel, fulfilling one of the challenging goals of the mission for observing the object named Ultima Thule.
"Having these images required us to know exactly where the two Ultima and New Horizons were now a moment, as they passed each other in over 32,000 miles per hour in no light Kuiper Belt, a billion miles beyond Pluto, "Alan Stern Research Institute of the South West and Chief Investigator of New Horizons said in a statement. "This was a harsh observation than anything we had tried on our Flyby 2015 flying."
Nearly a month after the flight of the historic New Year's Day, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft returned to its clearest blow of the Kuiper Belt objects. But these new images, which are captured with Imager Recognition Long Range (LORRI), even provide more details. Stern noted that some of the surface features we have observed "we are now seeing on the face of Ultima Thule are different from any previously audited object."
As NASA noted, those include both fields of "circular areas of land" as well as curious pools, and there seems to be some case of debate among the New Horizons team. John Spencer, deputy project scientist with the South West Research Institute, said mission scientists were split into "widespread warehouses, insulation ponds, collapsing ponds, or something that is completely different."
It will take several months for New Horizons to return all its data on this object that is located over 4 billion miles of Earth. And many find out about the far world. Earlier this month, for example, it seems that exciting images show that MU69 lobes are quite flat or anticipated by scientists.
"Although a very uncomfortable nature in some ways limits how well we can determine the true shape of Ultima Thule, the new results clearly show that Ultima and Thule are quite flat than originally believed, and many flatter than expected, "Hal Weaver, New Horizons project scientist from the Applied Physics Laboratory Johns Hopkins said, in a statement at the time. "Undoubtedly, this will stimulate new theories of planetesimal formation in the early solar system."[NASA]