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THE SPATIAL SHIP IS CLOSED IN THE LEAST THOSE NEVER INVESTIGATED



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Unmanned spacecraft nasa "New Horizons", will begin the year flying over the historical goal: frozen relic of the solar system, which is at a distance of about 6,400 million kilometers it is the most distant place ever studied

Space object known as Ultima ThuleThe size of Washington, the capital of the United States and orbit in the dark and cold Kuiper belt, about a billion miles from the smallest planet Pluto.

The closest approach will be January 1 at 05:33 GMT. Until that moment, as it looks and how it is formed, still remains a mystery.

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"This is a time capsule that will lead us 4.5 billion years ago to the birth of the solar system," said Alan Stern, principal project investigator at the Southwestern Research Institute, during a press conference on Friday.

The camera on board the spacecraft is currently focused on Ultima Thuleso that scientists can better understand their shape and formation, be it an object or several.

“We have never been to such an object before”said Kelsey Singer, a researcher at New Horizons at the Southwest Research Institute.

Almost the day before, “we will begin to see what the real shape of the object is,” he explained.

The ship went into “meeting mode” on December 26 and is “very healthy,” Stern added.

So far, communication with the ship takes six hours and eight minutes on each side or 12 hours and 15 minutes at both ends.

January 1 at 10:29 am (3:30 pm GMT) "call home" New Horizons, which will indicate whether he survived the approach, at a distance of only 3,500 kilometers.

Until then, New Horizons continues to travel in space at a speed of 51,500 kilometers per hour, overcoming almost a million miles a day.

NASA scientists are looking forward to the first pictures.

“Because it’s the mission of the span, we only have one chance to do it right.”said Alice Bowman, New Horizons mission operations manager.

The spacecraft launched in 2006 captured impressive images of Pluto when it flew over the planet in 2015.

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