New Horizons Pluto probe nearing its target

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Ultima Thule. I like it.
 
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The official name is 2014 MU69, rolls off the tongue.
 
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Forty days to go.

Some of the pertinent detail.

At Ultima Thule’s distance of 4 billion miles from the sun — 43 times farther than Earth — it will take radio signals carrying high-resolution pictures, spectroscopic data and other priceless information, traveling at 186,000 miles every second, six hours seven minutes and 58 seconds to cross the gulf to Earth.

Given the enormous distance and the spacecraft’s 30-watt radio transmitter, it will take 20 months to beam back the full treasure trove of data collected before, during and after the flyby. But a sampling of high-resolution images is expected to reach scientists gathered at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory the evening of Jan. 1 and the morning of Jan. 2.


New Horizons on track for historic New Year’s Day flyby of Ultima Thule – Spaceflight Now
 
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Course correction two days ago went without a hitch.

I forgot to mention the craft and its target are over six light hours away, so nobody will know if there's a bird strike for quite a while, if at all.
 
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