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NASA spacecraft visits farthest object ever explored

Jan 02, 2019 - The Washington Post
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As Earthlings marked the start of a new year, one of the most distant spacecraft successfully explored the farthest - 4 billion miles from Earth - and most primitive objects that humans have ever seen.

NASA received confirmation Tuesday that its New Horizons probe survived its 12:33 a.m. Eastern time encounter with Ultima Thule, a rocky relic from the solar system's infancy whose name means "beyond the borders of the known world."

The midnight rendezvous occurred in the Kuiper belt,...