CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA. – The spaceship team that took us close-up photos of Pluto will ring in the new year by exploring a more remote and mysterious world.
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will pass thin objects and ice dubbed Ultima Thule (TOO-lee) immediately after the midnight step.
Ultima Thule will be the furthest world ever explored by mankind. The distance is 1.6 billion kilometers outside Pluto and 6.4 billion kilometers from Earth. There is no spacecraft that visits something primitive.
Spacecraft flew past Pluto in 2015, giving the first close-up view of the dwarf planet. This will enlarge in about 3541 kilometers from Ultima Thule, seven science instruments will explode.
It took about 10 hours to get confirmation that the spacecraft had finished – and survived – from the meeting.