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World’s Largest Bee Rediscovered In Wild

Despite its massive wingspan and hulking body, the world’s largest bee has been lost to science since 1981. Until a search team rediscovered the species—known as Wallace’s giant bee (Megachile pluto)—earlier this year […] The...

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Ultima Thule Beyond Pluto Is Flat Like A Pancake (and Not A Space Snowman After All)

The final photos that NASA's New Horizons spacecraft snapped of Ultima Thule during the probe's epic Jan. 1 flyby reveal the distant object to be much flatter than scientists had thought.
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A 'ridiculous' Yet Simple Animation By A Nasa Scientist Shows How Long It Takes Light To Reach...

The speed of light is about 186,282 miles per second (299,792 kilometers per second) in a vacuum. That can be tough to comprehend, so a scientist at NASA created several simple animations to demonstrate light's speed. His latest video — which he...
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Charon's Icy Surface Erupted From An Underground Ocean

While New Horizons is exploring new targets, researchers are still working on the mountains of data it returned in 2015 from its visit to Pluto and its moon Charon. Charon is Pluto's largest companion, and like Pluto, it has a complicated, icy...
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Ultima Thule Shows Its Lumps In Latest Images From New Horizons Flyby

The rendezvous between the New Horizons probe and the distant object known as Ultima Thule was an historic moment, but after the mind-blowing imagery the craft sent back from Pluto, you could be forgiven for being a little disappointed in how...

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Nasa Reveals Video Of Probe's Close Flyby Of Asteroid On Solar System's Edge

The peculiar shape of the Ultima Thule, the asteroid located some 1 billion miles (1.6 billion km) past Pluto, which the New Horizons space probe flew past on January 1, has got space enthusiasts talking.
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Pluto Probe Encounters A Pristine World In The Solar System's Suburbs

Ultima Thule, the most-distant object ever visited by a spacecraft, is revealing our solar system’s deepest history—and, just maybe, revolutionizing planetary science -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Nasa Photographs Icy, Reddish 'space Snowman' Discovered Beyond Pluto

The "snowman" is roughly 1 billion miles away from Pluto – making it the most distant object ever visited by a spacecraft.        
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Pluto And Beyond: After Historic Flyby, New Horizons Probe Treks Deeper On Hunt For Moons

After studying a space rock some 4 billion miles (6.4 billion km) from Earth, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft set off on a new hunt for moons in the solar system’s most distant edge, searching for clues on our solar family’s creation,...
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Now View Ultima Thule In 3d

Today we’re getting a better look at the furthest space object viewed relatively up-close by a human-made craft: Ultima Thule! This space body – likely made of mostly ice-like material – is out beyond Pluto. This...

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Images Reveal A 'snowman' At The Frigid Outer Reaches Of Our Solar System

Scientists say Ultima Thule, a newly explored world out beyond Pluto, is a relic from our solar system's earliest days.(Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute)
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New Horizons Probe Reveals Ultima Thule Is Huge, Spinning... Chicken Drumstick?

We'll have a better idea when fresh 2014 MU69 snaps look less like Minecraft NASA's teenage New Horizons probe has successfully passed within 2,200 miles of 2014 MU69, some four billion miles from the Sun, three years after taking a close look at...
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From Volcanoes On Mars To Scarps On Mercury – How Places On Other Worlds Get Their Names

The New Horizons spacecraft, which flew past Pluto in 2015, successfully completed a flyby of "Ultima Thule", an object in the Kuiper belt of bodies beyond Neptune on January 1, 2019. The name Ultima Thule, signifying a distant unknown place, is...
Related topics: Volcanoes, Mars, Space, Spacecrafts, Kuiper Belt, Neptune

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Scientists React As Nasa Spacecraft Dashes By World Past Pluto

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has survived humanity's most distant exploration of another world. Flight controllers in Laurel, Maryland, received word from the spacecraft on Tuesday, 10 hours after the middle-of-the-night...
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Nasa Opens 2019 At Tiny, Icy World Past Pluto

NASA Flight controllers said everything looked good for New Horizons' flyby of tUltima Thule, 4 billion miles from Earth early Tuesday. Scientists celebrated in Maryland, joined by Queen Guitarist Brian May, who is also an astrophysicist. (Jan....
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Watch Tonight's New Horizon’s Flyby Of Ultima Thule Right Here

A New Year's Flyby A billion miles past Pluto, at 12:33 a.m. EST tonight on New Year’s Day, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will swoop in close to the most distant object humans will have ever visited. For just a moment, the craft will fly within...
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The New Horizons Probe Buzzes The Most Distant Object Ever Encountered First Thing Tomorrow

Four billion miles from Earth, the New Horizons probe that recently sent such lovely pictures of Pluto is drawing near to the most distant object mankind has ever come close to: Ultima Thule, a mysterious rock deep in the Kuiper belt. The historic...
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Way Beyond Pluto, An Icy World Is Ready For Its Close-up

Minutes after the turn of the new year, NASA's New Horizons probe will fly by a minor planet in the most distant exploration of a world ever attempted.(Image credit: JPL/NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research...
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Nasa To Fly-by Farthest Object Ever Visited By Humanity

On January 1st, the New Horizons spacecraft will fly by Ultima Thule, a mysterious object about a billion miles past Pluto, for the farthest close encounter in our solar system yet.        
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Pluto Is Far In The Rearview. Next Stop: Ultima Thule

NASA’s New Horizons is poised to arrive at the most distant object ever seen up close—and there could be more to come -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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