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Cool Kuiper Belt findings turn into a cover story

The space snowman known as 2014 MU69 or Ultima Thule added to its celebrity today by showing up on the cover of the journal Science, with the first peer-reviewed results from an encounter with NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft laid out within. Close study of the two-lobed … Continue reading

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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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