New Horizons wakes up to begin Kuiper Belt exploration

The spacecraft will fly past a small rock nicknamed Ultima Thule on New Year’s Day

Ultima Thule illustration

NEXT STOP  New Horizons’ next destination, Ultima Thule, might be a large rock orbited by a tiny moon, shown in this artist’s illustration. The spacecraft woke up June 4 to prepare to fly past Ultima Thule on January 1, 2019.


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