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NASA released its latest images from Ultima Thule, taken just before its nearest approach, offering the highest resolution images of the Kuiper objects (KBO) again.
Success Stretch Goal & # 39;
During the historic flight of Ultima Thule on January 1 this year, the New Horizons mission team had the opportunity to have some accurate photography before its approach to KBO. New Horizons according to these images and appear to be superior to what the mission team considers to be an "extension goal" for the flight.
This was an outstanding achievement, as the high resolution images, taken by New Horizons's Long Distance Reflection Imagine (LORRI), only 6 minutes and 30 seconds before its nearest approach, were an extremely difficult blow to; w take.
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"Bullseye!" Alan Stern of the South West Research Institute and Chief Investigator for New Horizons said. "These pictures were required to know exactly where both the Ultima and the New Horizons were now – seconds – as they passed each other in over 32,000 miles per hour in the light of the Kuiper Belt, a billion miles beyond Pluto. This was a very strict observation than anything we had done on our Flyby 2015 in Flyby.
"This extension's comments were dangerous, because there was a real opportunity that we would only get part or even any of Ultima in the narrow view of the camera," he said.
"But the science, operations and navigation teams have been led, and the result is a field day for the science team! Some of the details that we now see on the face of Ultima Thule are different from any object explored from before. "
Top Resolution Images New Horizons have ever been taken
The images sent by this week have a resolution of about 110 feet / pixel, combined with a maximum possible viewing angle and a distance of about 4,100 miles – these images get the image Maximum resolution obtained by New Horizons, maybe the highest resolution images it will never take.
The composite image, made of 9 different images, gives NASA scientists an incredible NASA science to face one of the oldest objects in the solar system, the rest of the time when & The planets are still around the sun almost 4.5 billion years ago. A new feature revealed by the image is several dark places along the terminator, the line separating the sun side and the Ultima Thule darkened.
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