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New Horizons’ view of space snowman hits its peak

The scientists behind NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft have released the sharpest possible view of the mission’s latest target, a smooshed-in cosmic snowman known as 2014 MU69 or Ultima Thule. New Horizons captured gigabytes’ worth of imagery and data as it … Continue reading

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New Horizons sends sharper view of space snowman

NASA’s New Horizons probe has already shown that its icy target, more than 4 billion miles away on the solar system’s edge, looks like a cosmic snowman — but a higher-resolution version of the picture reveals the snowman to have an eerie pair … Continue reading

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Cosmic snowman revealed, now in 3-D

LAUREL, Md. — The science team behind NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft today released the first 3-D image of an icy object more than 4 billion miles from Earth, and the variations in the picture hint at ridges, craters and knobby features that will … Continue reading

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Probe brings far-out cosmic snowman into focus

LAUREL, Md. — The New Horizons spacecraft’s picture of an icy object 4 billion miles from Earth became a lot clearer today, and took on a surprisingly familiar shape. “It’s a snowman,” mission principal investigator Alan Stern, a planetary scientist from the … Continue reading

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Probe ‘phones home’ from 4 billion miles away

LAUREL, Md. — NASA’s New Horizons science team today received confirmation that its spacecraft survived a New Year’s encounter with an icy world 4 billion miles away known as Ultima Thule — and it’s carrying a priceless load of data. “We … Continue reading

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Farthest flyby celebrated with New Year’s flair

LAUREL, Md. — Hundreds of well-wishers took part in a different kind of New Year’s countdown, 33 minutes past midnight, to celebrate the moment when NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew past an icy object known as Ultima Thule, more than 4 billion … Continue reading

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Rock-star astrophysicist debuts space anthem

LAUREL, Md. — After you’ve participated in NASA’s New Horizons mission to the edge of the solar system, and written a rock anthem for the mission as well, what is there left to do? For Brian May, the lead guitarist … Continue reading

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