NASA ' s Pluto explorer introducing brand-new year at more far-off world

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.– The spacecraft group that brought us close-ups of Pluto will call in the brand-new year by checking out a much more strange and far-off world.

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will zip past the scrawny, icy item nicknamed Ultima Thule (TOO-lee) right after the stroke of midnight.

UltimaThule will be the farthest world ever checked out by mankind. It is 1 billion miles beyond Pluto and a remarkable 4 billion miles fromEarth No spacecraft has actually checked out anything so primitive.

Thespacecraft flew past Pluto in 2015, offering the very first close-up views of the dwarf world. It will zoom within 2,200miles of Ultima Thule, its 7 science instruments going complete blast.

Itwill take about 10 hours to get verification that the spacecraft finished– and made it through– the encounter.

Dueto the federal government shutdown, JohnsHopkins Applied Physics Laboratory will be dealing with all the promotion associated to the New Year’s Day flyby rather of NASA. Thelab & nbsp;in Laurel, Maryland, handles the objective for NASA & rsquo;s Science Mission Directorate.

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