NASA's new horizons have sent Earth the first clear shot of an object on the keper's belt. Ultima TulaAs reported on the agency's website, the picture was taken during the camera's closure on January 1.
It is noted that the image is made up of several images taken at a distance of 6700 kilometers from the surface of Ultima Thule, seven minutes before the closest approach. The picture is stored in the memory of New Horizons and transmitted to Earth on January 18-19.
In the picture you can see the Ultima Thule terminator as well as the features of the topography of the celestial body, including small holes with a diameter of about 0.7 kilometers. In addition, in a smaller part of the celestial body is a depth of seven kilometers. Currently, researchers do not know whether these dents are impact craters or formed as a result of other processes.
In addition, Ultima Tula observes very bright and dark spots of unknown origin. The most interesting is the light "collar" that separates the two parts of the celestial body.
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New Horizons – NASA automatic interplanetary station, launched under the New Frontiers program, designed to explore Pluto and its natural satellite Haron.
Launching took place on January 19, 2006 with Jupiter crossing (and the gravitational maneuver in his area) in 2007 and Pluto in 2015. The full mission of the New Horizons station is 15-17 years.
The New Horizons cross-country station has left the Earth at the highest speed of all spacecraft. During engine shutdown, it was 16.26 km / s (relative to the Earth). The heliocentric speed was 45 km / s, allowing the New Horizons station to leave the solar system even without a gravitational maneuver near Jupiter.
New Horizons station as close as possible to Pluto (12.5 thousand kilometers) 14 July 2015 at 14:50 Kyiv time. The ship had about 150 scientific measurements within 30 minutes. after making a "call" from the interplanetary stationscientists were convinced of the successful implementation of its core mission.