Earlier in February, NASA launched the clearest pictures of Ultima Thule. This makes it the farthest world we have ever discovered. Now, the New Horizons group has posted the first scientific outcomes of the info the spacecraft emitted back, offering us more data on the earliest remnant of an epoch when planets of our Solar System were still in the middle of creation.
The paper, posted in Science, has data on the “planetesimal’s” geology, development, and composition. As NASA earlier claimed, Ultima Thule has 2 lobes that make it seem similar to a snowman, although it has actually flattened similar to a pancake. Those 2 lobes seem to have been created near one another before they turned out be a revolving couple that eventually combined. The bigger lobe calculates almost 22 Km x 20 Km x 7 km, while the tinnier one is almost 14 Km x 14 Km x 10 Km huge.
Moreover, Ultima Thule is reddish in color and is much redder as compared to even Pluto. It is actually the most red object New Horizons has discovered. While the team is not 100% certain yet, they think the redness is an outcome of the changes of the organic substances on its surface.
On a related note, previously this year, the Chang’e-4 lunar lander by China made history when it turned out to be the first aircraft to reach on the far side of the moon. Now, as per a study posted in Nature, Yutu-2 (the lander’s rover) might have indentified the first symptoms of lunar mantle substance. If the minerals it discovered prove to be fraction of the mantle on the moon, the discovery can assist researchers better know how both the Earth and the moon were created. Chang’e-4 deliberately landed within Von Kármán crater of the moon, which is the solar system’s one of the biggest known impact structures.