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On the way to Ultima Thule: a journey of 6 billion kilometers away
Science There is still a world to discover, in our own corner of the universe. Therefore, flies an American probe, the New Horizons, many of the outer areas of our solar system, a region where we have actually very little to know about it. In July 2015 he passed by the dwarf planet Pluto, and on Tuesday, new year's day, he arrives at his next destination: the ruimterots Ultima Thule.

Ultima Thule is an asteroid that only in 2014, is discovered. He is about thirty kilometers in diameter. The rock stands at about 6.6 billion kilometers from the earth in the so-called Kuipergordel. That is a zone full of ruimterotsen beyond the planet Neptune. The belt is named after the Dutch astronomer Gerard Kuiper. Never is an object at such a long distance of close to examined.

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Tuesday morning at 6.33 pm (Belgian time), the New Horizons closest to Ultima Thule. The distance to the asteroid is about 3,500 kilometres. But the confirmation that everything went well, only six hours later on earth.

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