Today's 15-minute "Phone Home" transmission was created to let the mission team at APL know that the spacecraft was healthy and successfully recorded readings from its cameras and other scientific instruments. The program is a collaborative effort between NASA, the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, where scientists navigate and control the spacecraft. He's particularly interested in stereo imaging for this leg of the mission.
Dr Brian May is officially part of the New Horizons team, and drew quite a crowd to his briefing.
At 11:30 a.m., scientists involved with the New Horizons mission released the first images and data returned by the spacecraft.
The first signal back to Earth should come about 10 hours after the flyby, around 9:45 am (1445 GMT).
The confirmation isn't just a relief for the New Horizons team.
But eventually the science team expects to get detailed pictures - plus temperature readings, spectral analyses and particle counts - from a world that's thought to rank among the most primitive types of objects in the solar system.
It's expected to take 20 months for all the data to be downloaded.
New Horizons zipped past Ultima Thulemore than three years after its brush with Pluto. Flyby data have already solved one of Ultima's mysteries, showing that the Kuiper Belt object is spinning like a propeller with the axis pointing approximately toward New Horizons. Based on observations taken since its discovery, watching as the object passed in front of (or "occulted") known background stars, astronomers believe that it is very likely what's known as a "contact binary".
Ultima will soon become the most distant world humanity has ever visited.
Alice Bowman, the New Horizons Mission Operations Manager, known as "MOM" received the updates from mission engineers, who one by one called in their status as green. This marks the farthest-ever flyby in human history - at about 4 billion miles from the Sun, Ultima Thule makes Pluto seem like a next-door neighbor by comparison. "Our spacecraft is heading beyond the limits of the known worlds, to what will be this mission's next achievement".
As a preserved relic from that original time, Ultima Thule also promises to shed light on the so-called Kuiper Belt, or Twilight Zone, in which hundreds of thousands of objects reside well beyond Neptune.
Once the flyby happens and mission scientists understand more about just what Ultima Thule is, NASA will choose a formal name to submit to the International Astronomical Union.
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