Nasa’s New Horizons: ‘Space snowman’ appears squashed

Image copyright NASA/JHU-APL/SWRI/NOAO Image caption Images taken of Ultima Thule as New Horizons passed behind the object It seems the “space snowman” is more like a “gingerbread man”. Scientists studying the distant object known as Ultima Thule are revising ideas about its shape after examining the latest images downlinked to Earth. The pictures, taken by the New Horizons probe on 1 January, show the apparently bulbous body to be quite flat. This interpretation is evident from data acquired by the Nasa spacecraft as it looked back at icy Ultima Thule…

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