The New Horizon probe of NASA is still in its course to fly by Ultima Thule. The New Year’s Day is about to open a new horizon for the people as the mission will sweep past the 30 km wide object, making the farthest visit, which is around 6.5 billion km away from the Earth. The people associated with the mission have decided to no opt for the probable change. This has led to the conclusion that the probe is about to fly 3,500 km from the icy surface of the Ultima to take photographs from various directions. People have been thinking that the object was surrounded by debris that may destroy the probe if it runs into it. However, the existence of such debris is not found as of now and the need to pave a wider and safer path is not immediately needed.
Hubble telescope helped discover Ultima 4 years ago as it was searching for the destinations that can be explored by New Horizons after it accomplished its mission to Pluto. Initially, it was named as 486958 2014 MU69 but later the nomenclature was decided as Ultima Thule.
New Horizon had made a significant flyby of Pluto, the dwarf planet three years back. The controllers will have to direct the spacecraft regarding the placement of the instruments. According to the Operations Manager of the Mission, Alice Bowman, the team can take the spacecraft as near as 3,500 from the object and take the necessary photographs. The spacecraft will center on the target so nothing gets missed. She believes this to be a challenging situation for her, which spikes her excitement.
New Horizons will keep sending the photographs of Ultima as these are clicked that will help fine-tune the timing models and final navigation used at the time of flyby.
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