It’s getting bigger.
Last week, NASA released photos of the space exploration craft New Horizons gradually approaching an ancient, little-known object in deep space, called Ultima Thule.
Ultima orbits the sun one billion miles past Pluto, and NASA expects to swoop close to the far-off object soon after midnight, on January 1, 2019.
It will be humanity’s farthest-ever encounter with another world.
“What will Ultima reveal? No one knows,” Alan Stern, the NASA planetary scientist leading the deep space mission, wrote last week.
NASA suspects Ultima is a type of icy mass formed some 4.5 billion years ago, during the inception of our solar system. Read more…