Solar System

Johns Hopkins-led New Horizons mission successfully captures data from distant Ultima Thule; first images coming Wednesday

Johns Hopkins-led New Horizons mission successfully captures data from distant Ultima Thule; first images coming Wednesday

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft successfully captured images and data as it flew past a distant object nicknamed Ultima Thule early Tuesday morning, scientists at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory confirmed later in the day.

But New Horizons won't give humans their first close-up glimpse of the previously unexplored edge of the solar system until Wednesday afternoon.

“This mission’s always been about delayed gratification,” the mission’s principal investigator Alan Stern said in a briefing Tuesday at the Laurel lab.

The scientists received...

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