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NASA's New Horizon spacecraft flew past Ultima Thule

The New Horizon Spacecraft of NASA has flown past Ultima Thule, a trans-Neptunian object located in the Kuiper belt.
NASA's New Horizon spacecraft flew past Ultima Thule
  • This marks a new beginning in the era of exploration from the enigmatic Kuiper Belt region.

Discoveries about Ultima Thule:

  • Ultima Thule (TOO-lee) has two reddish globes joined by a narrow neck, much like a snowman.
  • Ultima Thule is 4 billion miles (6.4 billion kilometres) from Earth.
  • Ultima Thule is spinning like a propeller.
  • Ultima Thule, as it's known, is still not showing any signs of craters, moons or rings.

About the New Horizon Mission:

  • The New Horizon Mission is an interplanetary space probe part of NASA's New Frontiers programme.
  • The New Horizon was launched in 2006.
  • Its primary mission was to perform a flyby study of the Pluto system in 2015.
  • The secondary mission: To fly by and study one or more other Kuiper belt objects.

Aim of the New Horizon Mission:

  • The New Horizons mission was aimed at getting insights about the edge of our solar system by making the first reconnaissance of the dwarf planet Pluto and by venturing deeper into the distant, mysterious Kuiper Belt which is a relic of solar system formation.

Question:

Q. Which spacecraft of NASA has flown past Ultima Thule, a trans-Neptunian object located in the Kuiper belt?
a. The Far Horizon Spacecraft
b. The Distant Horizon Spacecraft
c. The Ancient Horizon Spacecraft
d. The New Horizon Spacecraft
NASA's New Horizon spacecraft flew past Ultima Thule NASA's New Horizon spacecraft flew past Ultima Thule Reviewed by Inderjeet Virdi on January 06, 2019 Rating: 5

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