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NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Signals Successful Flyby of Ultima Thule, the Most Distant Object Ever Visited

Dec 31, 2018 - The New York Times

LAUREL, Md. — Thirty-three minutes after midnight, scientists, engineers and well-wishers here at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory celebrated the moment that NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft made its closest approach to a small, icy world nicknamed Ultima Thule.

Almost 10 hours later, the New Horizons team, based at the laboratory, finally received confirmation that the spacecraft had indeed done everything they had asked. In the days and months to come, the mission’s scien...