NASAs New Horizons Spaceship Completes Ultima Thule Flyby

first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor NASA is having a successful start to 2019: Its New Horizons spaceship just completed the major Ultima Thule flyby.On Tuesday, the New Horizons team announced the successful flyby at 10:31 a.m. EST after receiving “healthy” data from the spaceship, Engadget reported. Even though the spacecraft technically flew by Ultima Thule at roughly 12:33 a.m. EST, the team had to wait approximately six hours to receive a signal from the spaceship.Confirmed! @NASANewHorizons flew by the most distant object ever visited by a spacecraft. Congratulations to the New Horizons team, @JHUAPL and the Southwest Research Institute for making history yet again!— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) January 1, 2019New Horizons’ Ultima Thule flyby is a major milestone for NASA. It’s the most distant flyby in human history, since it occurred almost four billion miles away from the sun. Plus, scientists will be able to learn more details about Ultima Thule and the Kuiper Belt, a group of ancient icy bodies that are similar in size to dwarf planets and comets.Fans will have to wait for more scientific data and a close-up image of Ultima Thule, which isn’t expected to be released until 9 p.m. EST tonight.More on’s New Horizons Begins Countdown to Ultima Thule FlybyNASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Is Set for Ultima Thule FlybyNASA Telescope Captures Stunning Sight of 2018’s Brightest Comet Stay on targetlast_img read more