New Year, New Horizons and Ultima Thule

Lauren Hinkel | EAPS News
Monday, January 14, 2019

In the news: EAPS researchers and mission team members Richard Binzel and Alissa Earle celebrate the spacecraft’s success and look ahead to new discoveries the incoming data will reveal.

MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) rang in the new year with exciting news: NASA's New Horizons spacecraft had reached Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, better known as Ultima Thule. This marks an important moment in space history.

For New Horizons team members Richard Binzel, EAPS professor of planetary sciences and Margaret MacVicar Faculty, and EAPS postdoc Alissa Earle, this news meant the beginning of some exciting science.


Below is a round-up of stories about the Ultima Thule flyby; the first ones include Binzel. 

First Glimpse Of The Farthest Object Ever Visited By A Spacecraft (WCAI Cape and Islands/WGBH)

NASA's New Horizons Mission Reveals Ultima Thule in 3-D (LATimes)

What We’ve Learned About Ultima Thule From NASA’s New Horizons Mission (NYTimes)

A Look Ahead At The Year In Space (WGBH)


News mentions:

Pictures from NASA's farthest flyby reveal space 'snowman' (National Geographic)

Snowman-like Photo of Ultima Thule Sent Home by NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft (NYTimes)

New Horizons inspects a distant time capsule (Science Magazine)

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft just visited the farthest object ever (Washington Post)

Watch live as NASA spends New Year's Eve exploring the mysterious outer regions of our solar system (Popular Science)

NASA Reveals the Most HD Image of Ultima Thule Ever, and it's Pretty Much a Space Snowman (Syfy)

What to Expect When New Horizons Visits 2014 MU69, Ultima Thule (The Planetary Society)

Cosmic collision created ‘snowman’ MU69 — the farthest world ever explored (Nature)

Most distant world ever visited is shaped like a peanut (Nature)

Five things to know about NASA’s New Year visit to the outer Solar System (Nature)

NASA’s New Horizons Takes Photos of Ultima Thule, 4 Billion Miles Away (NYTimes)

New Horizons Glimpses the Surface of Ultima Thule (NYTimes)

A Journey Into the Solar System’s Outer Reaches, Seeking New Worlds to Explore (NYTimes)

New Horizons Spacecraft to Reach Farthest Body in Solar System Yet (EOS)

Brian May to Launch New Solo Single from NASA Control Center (UCR)

Top to bottom: New Horizons deputy project scientist Leslie Young (EAPS PhD '94); Astrophysicist and lead guitarist of Queen, Brian May, with EAPS professor and New Horizons co-investigator Richard Binzel. May wrote a song "New Horizons," which debuted with the flyby.; New Horizons deputy project scientist Cathy Olkin (MIT BS '88 and EAPS PhD '96)