Science NASA gets ever-closer to its encounter with a distant world 1 billion miles past Pluto


In an article in Mashable today, Mark Kaufman updates us on the space exploration craft New Horizons which is gradually approaching an ancient, little-known object in deep space called Ultima Thule.

Ultima orbits the sun one billion miles past Pluto, and NASA expects to swoop close to the far-off object soon after midnight, on January 1, 2019.

It will be humanity’s farthest-ever encounter with another world.

What a well written and informative piece on a subject that is monumental in our lifetime.