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News Archive / Tagged: Ultima Thule

  • Engine burn puts New Horizons on track to Ultima Thule

    Laurel KornfeldOctober 9th, 2018

    The New Horizons spacecraft is heading toward its next destination - using an extreme maneuver at the very edge of the solar system.

  • New Horizons team completes final trial run of Ultima Thule flyby

    Laurel KornfeldSeptember 30th, 2018

    When you're headed toward an object in the outer reaches of our solar system - what is one of the most important things you have to do?

  • New Horizons Science Chat discusses Ultima Thule flyby

    Laurel KornfeldSeptember 21st, 2018

    NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is now closer to its second target, Ultima Thule, than the Earth is to the Sun, and with the flyby just over 100 days away, mission scientists are actively preparing for the encounter.

  • New Horizons scientists successfully observe second target during stellar occultation

    Laurel KornfeldSeptember 14th, 2018

    New Horizons' scientists successfully observed Ultima Thule, the spacecraft's second target, from Senegal on Aug. 4, 2018, when the Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) passed in front of an occulted star.

  • New Horizons takes first images of Ultima Thule

    Laurel KornfeldAugust 30th, 2018

    From a distance of more than 100 million miles (160 million kilometers) and against a background filled with stars, New Horizons' Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) took the first images of its second target, Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) Ultima Thule.

  • New Horizons scientists observe stellar occultation by Ultima Thule

    Laurel KornfeldAugust 4th, 2018

    As they did three times last summer, NASA's New Horizons team will observe a stellar occultation by the spacecraft's second target, Ultima Thule, from the narrow path where the Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) will cast its shadow.

  • New Horizons exits hibernation to prepare for KBO flyby

    Laurel KornfeldJune 9th, 2018

    NASA's New Horizons probe has been awakened from nearly six months in hibernation to enable the mission team to start preparations for its flyby of Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) Ultima Thule (also known as 2014 MU69) in the early morning hours of New Year's Day 2019.

  • New Horizons’ next target nicknamed Ultima Thule

    Laurel KornfeldMarch 16th, 2018

    Following a public naming campaign that drew 115,000 participants, NASA's New Horizons team has selected the name Ultima Thule for the spacecraft's second target, Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) 2014 MU69, which the probe is scheduled to fly past on New Year's Day 2019.