For researchers and space fans, this first of January of any new year’s day. Because it is a major event, and the Countdown is on: in the Evening, about a quarter past six according to German time, Nasa is flying spacecraft “New Horizons” on celestial bodies “Ultima Thule” is over and a new record: never before has a probe has visited a far-distant object in our solar system.

“Ultima Thule” is located in the Kuiper belt, and about six and a half billions of miles away from the earth. He is probably pretty red and dark. The researchers made recordings of the space telescope “Hubble derive”. “Ultima Thule” behind the dwarf planet Pluto 297 takes years to circle once around the sun and has a diameter of 20 to 30 kilometers.

Otherwise, about “Ultima Thule”, and the other more than 70,000 celestial bodies of the Kuiper belt, estimated to date, however, little is known. They are visible from earth, because the sun is only a tiny dot among many of the stars in the sky and the heavenly bodies reflect so little light.

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On Tuesday evening, New Horizons will fly with a speed of 14 kilometers per second in 3500 miles away to “Ultima Thule” and measurement values to record. The probe has, among other things, high-resolution cameras, two-particle and Plasma instruments and a dust detector on Board.

the First images to come in the days after your short Rendezvous with the celestial body to the earth. Because of the large distance of the probe, the Transmission of all information to take until far in the summer of 2020.

“New Horizons” was broken 13 years ago to explore Pluto, such as the German centre for air and space travel, and writes on his page. The dwarf planets it flew past in July 2015, and sent photos back to earth, as has never been seen before. They showed icy rivers and spectacular mountainous landscapes, a total of 30 types of terrain, Nasa researchers are included.

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