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2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) as single object, illustration

2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule) as single object, illustration

C042/6435

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NASA / JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY APPLIED PHYSICS LABORATORY / SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE / ALEX PARKER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY NASA / JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY APPLIED PHYSICS LABORATORY / SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE / ALEX PARKER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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MU69 (Ultima Thule) as single object, illustration. This astronomical body is the most distant object visited by human spacecraft, with the flyby of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft taking place on 1 January 2019. Before the flyby, it was thought that this Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) was either a contact binary or the single object shown here. It was found to be a contact binary with the two joined bodies 19 and 14 kilometres across respectively (see image C042/6431). For the first images of MU69, see C042/6428.

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