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On January 1er, the New Horizons spacecraft that flew over Pluto in 2015 will visit the asteroid Ultima Thule, located 6,5 billions of kilometers from the Earth.
The 2019 year is off to a flying start for astronomers. On the 1er January at 6h33, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will come close to the Ultima Thule asteroid, which is now more than 6,5 billion kilometers from the Earth (about 45 times the Earth-Sun distance, well beyond beyond Neptune and Pluto). This will make it the farthest object of the Solar System to be visited by a space probe (Voyager probes, still in service, went much further but they did not fly over any object beyond Neptune). It is also the first time that a small object from the Kuiper Belt, the crown of icy objects beyond the orbit of Neptune, will be seen.
http://www.lefigaro.fr/sciences/2018/12 ... -homme.php
This sequence of three images, received on Dec. 31, 2018, and taken by the LORRI onboard camera New Horizons at 70 and 85 minutes apart the rotation of Ultima Thule.
Credit: NASA / Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory / Southwest Research Institute
Signals confirming the spacecraft is healthy and filled with digital data recorders at the Johns Hopkins University of Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) today at 10: 29 is, almost exactly 10 hours after New Horizons' closest approach to the object.
http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/News-Center/New ... e=20190101
China broadcasts a photo at 360 degrees of the hidden face of the Moon
After filing the January 3, the Chang'e-4 mission is, so far, a "total success," said Friday China.
Hidden Face of the Moon: Look at the robot "Jade Bunny 2" to explore the ground
SUPERB - A video showing the Yutu-2 robot's first laps on the surface of the moon's hidden face was unveiled by China. The rover and the probe with which it arrived were placed, this Sunday, in hibernation for the 14 days of lunar night.
https://www.lci.fr/amp/sciences/video-f ... 10136.html
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