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Ultima Thule Revealed

By Keith Cowing
NASA Watch
January 2, 2019
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Ultima Thule Revealed

New Horizons Reveals Ultima Thule
“The new images — taken from as close as 17,000 miles (27,000 kilometers) on approach — revealed Ultima Thule as a “contact binary,” consisting of two connected spheres. End to end, the world measures 19 miles (31 kilometers) in length. The team has dubbed the larger sphere “Ultima” (12 miles/19 kilometers across) and the smaller sphere “Thule” (9 miles/14 kilometers across).”

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One response to “Ultima Thule Revealed”

  1. Steve Pemberton says:
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    Interesting surface on each of them. Looking forward to the higher resolution photos