Tuesday, January 01, 2019

happy new asteroid

Watched the Ultima Thule NASA media event live. Alice Bowman, Chris Hersman, Alan Stern, and Hal Weaver updated us on the New Horizons spacecraft and the data coming down. They shared the highest resolution image, so far.

early approach image from Ultima Thule

Early views support the bilobate shape, like a peanut or a bowling pin. Reminiscent of the rubber ducky shape visited by ESA. Amazing this view of the furthest and most primitive solar system object. And it's only gonna get better.

See the John Hopkins Pluto web site for more info.

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