NASA's New Horizons releases new picture of snowman-shaped Ultima Thule

Reuters Laurel, Maryland, United States Jan 03, 2019, 11:51 AM(IST)

NASA's New Horizons mission sent home close-up images of Ultima Thule, a 20-mile-long (32-km-long) space rock in the uncharted heart of the Kuiper Belt. The belt is a ring of icy celestial bodies just outside Neptune's orbit. The images, taken on January 1, 2019, show a rock in the shape of a snowman. The images were taken from a distance of 18000 miles (28,000km) 30 minutes before the spacecraft made its closest approach to the rock.

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