Crispest image yet of Ultima Thule arrives on Earth, but grab a coffee while the rest downloads

www.theregister.co.uk | 1/25/2019 | Staff
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The New Horizons spacecraft has continued its dribble of data back to Earth with a fresh image of Ultima Thule.

The image was taken during New Horizon's 1 January 2019 flyby of Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69 when the spacecraft was 4,200 miles away, seven minutes before the closest approach.

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Taken with the Multicolour Visible Imaging Camera at a resolution of 135 metres per pixel, the image made it to Earth by 19 January. Following processing by scientists to sharpen things up, the image shows what look like pits as well as a smattering of impact craters.

More data will be needed before scientists can be sure if these pits are the result of venting, some sort of collapse or another geologic process....
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