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New Horizons Mission Awaits Successful Flyby Signal From Ultima Thule, the Most Distant Object Ever Visited

Dec 31, 2018 - The New York Times

LAUREL, Md. — Midnight at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory looked like any other New Year’s Eve party around the world. The scientists, engineers and well-wishers in attendance counted down and cheered the start of 2019.

Thirty-three minutes later, they counted down again, this time for the real reason they had gathered. The New Horizons spacecraft, operated by the laboratory for NASA, was approaching a small, icy world nicknamed Ultima Thule, which lies a billion miles far...