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    Amazing...from bowling pin to snowman! Going to be interesting to follow the updates...and see the higher resolution images!!

    When asked about follow-on flybys, Alan Stern indicated that had yet to be determined, but NH is healthy and has power for at least 15-20 Years.

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    Default Re: Ultima Thule Flyby - Jan 1!

    The latest update from today's news conference: New Horizons: News Article?page=20190102. Includes the first color images!

    "The first color image of Ultima Thule, taken at a distance of 85,000 miles (137,000 kilometers) at 4:08 Universal Time on January 1, 2019, highlights its reddish surface."

    The next update will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow.

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    Does New Horizons have a target after Ultima Thule, or will it be deep freeze time?

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    Default Re: Ultima Thule Flyby - Jan 1!

    Quote Originally Posted by Don Alvarez View Post
    Does New Horizons have a target after Ultima Thule, or will it be deep freeze time?
    That has yet to be determined. According to Dr Stern (when asked that question at today's news conference), NH is healthy and has power for at least 15-20 Years, so another flyby is not out of the question, but no target(s) have been identified.

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    Default Re: Ultima Thule Flyby - Jan 1!

    Looks like tortoise. Bulging eyes and mouth.

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    After the near real time feedback on the insight lander and images this 22 month thing seems like forever to wait.
    I am keen to get a better look at our kuiper belt snowman.
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    Default Re: Ultima Thule Flyby - Jan 1!

    The latest from New Horizons and its encounter with Ultima Thule: New Horizons: News Article?page=20190115.

    - This movie shows the propeller-like rotation of Ultima Thule as seen by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) as the spacecraft sped toward its close encounter on Jan 1

    - During this photo shoot New Horizons' range to Ultima Thule decreased from 310,000 miles (500,000 kilometers) to just 17,100 miles (28,000 kilometers)

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    Latest image from Ultima Thule flyby provides interesting details and features: New Horizons: News Article?page=20190124.

    - Obtained when the KBO was 4,200 miles (6,700 kilometers) from the spacecraft, just seven minutes before closest approach

    - Reveals new topographic details along the terminator, near the top including numerous small pits up to about 0.4 miles (0.7 kilometers) in diameter

    - Both lobes also show light and dark patterns of unknown origin, which may reveal clues about how this body was assembled

    Lots more to come!!

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    Default Re: Ultima Thule Flyby - Jan 1!

    Here are the latest and sharpest views of Ultima Thule: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/new-hor...f-ultima-thule

    The higher resolution brings out a many surface features that weren’t readily apparent in earlier images including:
    - Several bright, enigmatic, roughly circular patches of terrain
    - Many small, dark pits near the terminator are better resolved
    - “Whether these features are craters produced by impactors, sublimation pits, collapse pits, or something entirely different, is being debated in our science team”
    The latest images have the highest spatial resolution of any New Horizons has taken – or may ever take – during its entire mission

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