"It's a snowman", mission principal investigator Alan Stern, a planetary scientist from the Southwest Research Institute, said during a news briefing here at Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory.
"I'm here to tell you that last night, overnight, the United States spacecraft New Horizons conducted the farthest exploration in the history of humankind, and did so spectacularly".
The distant object that NASA'sNew Horizons spacecraft flew past January 1 is now taking shape as a body - or bodies - unlike any visited by a spacecraft to date.
The contact binary shape of Ultima Thule is consistent with models of the formation of the Kuiper Belt.
Carly Howett, another researcher of the mission, noted that "we can definitely say that Ultima Thule is red", perhaps due to irradiation of ice. "New Horizons has set a new bar for state-of-the-art spacecraft navigation", Stern said.
Stern expressed surprise, and elation, that after picking the mission target "more or less" out of the hat, "that we were able to get as big a victor as this, that is going to revolutionize our knowledge of planetary science". The Thule Society, founded in 1918 around this and other occultist beliefs, later became the Nazi Party. The massive area of swirling objects at the edge of the solar system also contains Pluto.
If the craft holds up, and the support mission back on Earth gets funding for a "hyperextended mission", New Horizons could be sampling the interstellar medium by the time today's newborns are finishing high school. Before that, scientists only had a blurry image of the body and thought it was composed of two more elongated parts - resembling something more like a peanut or bowling pin.
Ultima Thule may be only 20 miles long and shaped like a dog bone, with a possible small moon attached.
The appearance of Ultima Thule, unlike anything human have seen before, illuminated the processes that built the planets four and a half billion years ago, said NASA.
That means that Ultima Thule is likely an object that dates back to the formation of the solar system, as scientists suspects prior to the flyby. The team has dubbed the larger sphere "Ultima" and the smaller sphere "Thule".
Time machine: There's more to Ultima Thula than meets the eye, and the images are just the start. The lobes, according to Moore, are really just "resting on each other".
Senate on financial issues and a self-described defender of the ordinary American against powerful interests. But her outspoken criticism of the banking industry has also earned her the ire of some conservatives.
According to Environment Canada, a storm is expected to drop 15 to 25 centimetres of snow starting Wednesday night through Friday. A stretch of central Minnesota, including portions of the Twin Cities metro area, is under a winter weather advisory.
Mulvaney said the president "is entitled to have a secretary of defense who is committed to that same end". Historically when a secretary has resigned , he has stayed on until a successor is confirmed.
However, it was Manchester City using Liverpool's pressing and counterattack to score the game victor . Just when Liverpool was gaining momentum, City roared back in front from a blistering counterattack.
The statement , issued in Russian, identified the American using a name that appeared to translate as Paul Whelan. Russian officials denied Butina is one of their agents. "There were simply no grounds for it".
Solskjaer will be at the helm at Old Trafford until the end of the season, when the club will appoint a full-time successor. The Norwegian still refers to Ferguson as "the gaffer" and has spoken to the Scot a couple of times this week.
English was Singh's third language and he had a thick accent but took speech classes to improve his communication, the chief said. Arriaga's brother and co-worker were also arrested and accused of acting as accomplices, authorities said.
In recent years, Levy has received all kinds of proposals, but in the end he has always managed to keep Pochettino as his coach. Regardless, Pochettino is an expert in building a squad for a long-term project, a revered quality at Man United .
This newest generation of GPS satellites is designed and built to deliver positioning, navigation, and timing information. The GPS III went into medium Earth orbit roughly 1 hour and 56 minutes after liftoff, according to the SpaceX press kit .
The rate hike decision is widely expected, as the country's jobless rate has fallen to 3.7 percent, the lowest level in decades. In addition, interest-rate sensitive sectors of the USA economy such as housing and autos are under more pressure.
Dow Suffers Record-Breaking Christmas Eve Losses
The president on Christmas Day cast fresh doubt on the record of Powell, whom he has increasingly blamed for the market weakness. Treasury yields also reversed direction after rising sharply on Wednesday, dropping three basis points to 2.765 per cent.
YPG battle looms after USA pullout announcement
A delegation of the Syrian Democratic Council, the political wing of SDF, arrived in Russian Federation last week for talks. The PKK is blacklisted as a terrorist group by Ankara, the United States and the European Union.
US, UK allege China-backed global hacking scheme
They are accused of stealing intellectual property and other data from dozens of companies in various countries. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the move was being made to rebuff "China's economic aggression".
Pelosi: Funding for Trump's border wall is a non-starter
Congress is trying to pass legislation that would avoid a partial government shutdown by a deadline of midnight Friday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican-Kentucky) said the Senate will remain in session Thursday.