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NASA's New Horizons shares clearest image yet of Ultima Thule

NASA's New Horizons shares clearest image yet of Ultima Thule

Science
Jan. 25 (UPI) -- NASA has released the most high-resolution image of Ultima Thule captured by the space agency's New Horizons probe. The image was taken on Jan. 1, but scientists working on the mission only recently processed the photograph. The newly released photo was taken using New Horizon's Multicolor Visible Imaging Camera just before the probe reached its closest approach with the Kuiper belt object. Back on Earth, scientists used an image processing technique called deconvolution to make the photo even clearer. Early this month, scientists confirmed that Ultima Thule is a contact binary, a snowman-shaped amalgamation of two spheres. The duo likely came together and fused several hundred million years ago. Thanks to the new image and image processing, scientists are getting a close...
Clearest image yet of 'snowman' space rock

Clearest image yet of 'snowman' space rock

Technology
NASA has released the first high-definition image of Ultima Thule - a 20-mile long icy space rock, a billion miles beyond Pluto. It comes after an unmanned spacecraft sent a signal back to Earth after making a successful fly-by past the object - the most distant world ever studied by mankind. Image: NASA likened Ultima Thule to a snowman Around 10 hours after reaching Ultima Thule, in the early part of New Year's Day, the New Horizons vessel got in touch with scientists back home.On Wednesday, NASA officials said they "could not be happier" with the latest image of the "snowman", which it said were "separate objects now joined together".They said the image showed "the first contact binary ever explored by spacecraft". ...