Date: 4 months ago   Category: Space

The probe of NASA orbited an asteroid at the world's end


The asteroid which is in the most remote point of the Solar system received the name Ultima Thule that means "World's end". The New Horizons space probe of the USA on Tuesday, January 1, flew by near an asteroid of 2014 MU69 Ultima Thule on the outskirts of the Solar system, NASA in the microblog on Twitter reports. The maximum rapprochement of the probe with an asteroid occurred at 0:33 on east time of the USA (7.33 across Kiev). "In one billion miles behind Pluto the probe New Horizons made the most remote rapprochement, having flown by the ancient stone covered with ice in the Kuiper belt", - it is said in the statement. By calculations, the distance between the probe and an asteroid at the time of the maximum rapprochement made only 3.5 thousand kilometers. The celestial body from the Kuiper belt became the most distant object from Earth visited by the terrestrial probe. Earlier research supervisor of a mission Alan Stern reported that on the cameras mounted on the device, the asteroid will be the same size as the full Moon at a look from Earth. At the same time the probe literally will rush by Ultima Thule with a speed of 32 thousand miles per hour (51 thousand kilometers per hour or about 14.6 kilometers per second). The asteroid 2014 MU69 was open by means of the orbital Hubble telescope, was declared opening in 2014. In March, 2018 NASAPO to internet voting results named it previously Ultima Thule that means "World's end". As note in NASA, still researchers very little know of this space body therefore they expect to learn more as a result of the data obtained during rapprochement. Scientists consider it as "archeological excavations of the Solar system", expecting to obtain data on how similar space bodies were formed whether they have satellites and rings. Earlier it was reported that the anomaly of times of the Big Bang is found in space. News from the Correspondent.netv of Telegram. Subscribe for our https://t.me/korrespondentnet channel

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