New Horizons shows Ultima Thule looks like a snowman, or maybe BB-8

The Kuiper Belt object is probably two rocks stuck together

2014 MU69

A JOLLY HAPPY SOUL  New Horizons snapped this picture of 2014 MU69 (nicknamed Ultima Thule) from a distance of about 28,000 kilometers, about half an hour before the spacecraft’s closest approach to the space rock. Clearer pictures should arrive in the next few days.

SWRI/JHU-APL/NASA

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