New Horizon, Ultima Thule, NASA
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Ultima Thule, the Kuiper Belt object which was found by NASA’s new horizon spacecraft. The photos and the data collected from the New Horizon is being studied since a while now and the new data findings ave evidence of the mixture of methanol, water ice, and organic molecules on the surface of Ultima Thule which shows that the farthest object ever discovered by the scientists has water on it.

New Horizon, Ultima Thule, NASA
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The first profile of the Ultima Thule has been published by NASA which includes the formation of the planet and some details of the space object. After analyzing the first data that came in during the year of the object named MU69 and later named as the Ultima Thule showed much about the birth and the geology of the space object. Now, the researchers are studying the data to determine the range of the surface like patches and spots including hills and troughs, and craters and pits. As per the research paper published in the journal Science, the team found the compounds of water ice and methanol including a mixture of different icy objects.

Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado, said, “We’re looking into the well-preserved remnants of the ancient past. There is no doubt that the discoveries made about Ultima Thule are going to advance theories of solar system formation.” Ultima Thule is a contact binary, with two distinctly differently shaped lobes, NASA said. Ultima Thule is just 36 kilometers long which consist of fat lobe which scientists named ‘Ultima’, which is connected to a round lobe which scientists named ‘Thule’. NASA conveyed in a statement, “How the two lobes got their unusual shape is an unanticipated mystery that likely relates to how they formed billions of years ago.” According to the new findings, both lobes orbited each other before they both meet with each other.

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