Summiting the Solar System Part 2: Approaching Ultima 

Just after midnight on January 1st 2019, a NASA spacecraft whizzed past the most distant space rock that's ever been visited in our Solar System. This remote interplanetary flyby will be ... See full summary »

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Fran Bagenal ...  Herself (2018)
Alice Bowman ...  Herself (2018)
Marc Buie ...  Himself (2018)
James Christy ...  Himself (2018) (archive footage)
Glen Fountain ...  Himself (2018)
James Green ...  Himself (2018)
Tom Guild ...  Narrator
Ann Harch ...  Herself (2018)
Mark Holdridge ...  Himself (2018)
Carly Howett ...  Herself (2018)
Gerald Kuiper ...  Himself (2018) (archive footage)
Tod R. Lauer ...  Himself (2018)
Percival Lowell ...  Himself (2018) (archive footage)
Ted Nicolas II ...  Himself (2018)
Cathy Olkin ...  Herself (2018)
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Just after midnight on January 1st 2019, a NASA spacecraft whizzed past the most distant space rock that's ever been visited in our Solar System. This remote interplanetary flyby will be over in a blink. But if successful, the event could tell us a whole lot about the objects that dominate the far reaches of our cosmic neighborhood. The robotic spacecraft making this daring visit is called New Horizons, and it's been traveling through space for 13 years, the first human-made object to ever visit Pluto in the summer of 2015. Three years later, it's ready to meet up with Ultima Thule located 1 billion miles beyond Pluto. That's 4.1 billion miles from Earth, the size of New York City, orbiting in an area of the Solar System known as the Kuiper Belt. This region of space, located beyond the orbit of Neptune,

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30 December 2018 (USA) See more »

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Now, after making history at the Pluto system, New Horizons has become the first spacecraft ever to visit an object discovered after said spacecraft launched. As the probe sailed toward its main target in 2014, astronomers used the Hubble Space Telescope to find 2014 MU69, a dim object that orbits the sun every 297 Earth-years on a near-circular orbit. "We didn't know about this thing, [and] that makes it so crazy," says Marc Buie, the astronomer who discovered MU69. At more than four billion miles from the sun, MU69 is now the most distant object humans have ever explored. And because it has probably been in its current orbit since it formed 4.5 billion years ago, it is an ideal time capsule for understanding the raw material that formed the planets in our solar system. See more »

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New Horizons (Ultima Thule mix)
Composed and performed by Brian May
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