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New Horizons 'phoned home' late Tuesday morning — All is well

Today, at 10:33 a.m. ET, NASA's New Horizons team got the call the world had been waiting for. The spacecraft’s systems were working. Its cameras and recorder were pointed in the right direction.

On New Year's Day, New Horizons will meet Ultima Thule

After a journey of almost 13 years and more than 6.5 billion kilometers (4.04 million miles), NASA's New Horizons is about to meet a tiny, mysterious space rock called 2014 MU69, also known as Ultima Thule.
 

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Images of Ultima Thule will start arriving over the next few hours  and they will be high-resolution...
Images of Ultima Thule will start arriving over the next few hours, and they will be high-resolution shots.
NASA
Artist s impression of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft encountering 2014 MU69  a Kuiper Belt object...
Artist's impression of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft encountering 2014 MU69, a Kuiper Belt object that orbits one billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) beyond Pluto, on Jan. 1, 2019.
NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/Steve Gribben
An artist s impression of 2014 MU69  which might actually be two rocks moving in tandem.
An artist's impression of 2014 MU69, which might actually be two rocks moving in tandem.
NASA / JHUAPL / SwRI / Steve Gribben
A blob in the viewfinder: Ultima viewed from New Horizons on 24 December.
A blob in the viewfinder: Ultima viewed from New Horizons on 24 December.
NASA

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