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New Horizons spacecraft signals successful flyby of Ultima Thule

Jan 02, 2019 - The Boston Globe

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 finally received confirmation that the spacecraft had indeed done everything they asked. In the days and months to come, the scientists expect to receive pictures of Ultima ...