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Ultima Thule: First photographs taken by New Horizons spacecraft reveal distant world resembles snowman

Ultima Thule: First photographs taken by New Horizons spacecraft reveal distant world resembles snowmanNasa has revealed the first photo of the distant world of Ultima Thule, the most distant object that humanity has ever explored. The tiny, icy object resembles a snowman in the photo, which is just the first of a whole host of data that the space agency hopes to receive back from its New Horizons spacecraft. The picture came after flight controllers said they had had success in the high-risk, middle-of-the-night encounter at the mysterious body known as Ultima Thule on the frozen fringes of our solar system, about four billion miles away in a dark and frigid region of space known as the Kuiper Belt. Now they will work to download and look through all of the data sent back over that long distance, a process that could take years. "That image is so 2018… Meet Ultima Thule!" said lead investigator Alan Stern, doing little to hide his joy as he revealed a new sharper image of the cosmic body, taken at a distance as close as 17,000 miles with a resolution of 140 metres per pixel. "That bowling pin is gone – it's a snowman if anything at all," Dr Stern said during a Nasa briefing. "What this spacecraft and this team accomplished is unprecedented." These are the first colour images of Ultima Thule, taken at a distance of 85,000 miles, highlighting its reddish surface Credit: AFP Ultima Thule's surface reflects light about as much as "garden variety dirt," he said, as the sun's rays are 1,600 times fainter there than on Earth. The body is roughly 19 miles long and completes its own rotation in about 15 hours. Nasa dubbed the larger lobe Ultima, and the other, which is about three times smaller, Thule. "This is the first object that we can clearly tell was born this way" Stern said, instead of evolving as a sort of "bi-lobe." "This really puts the nail on the coffin now. We know that this is how these kinds of objects in many cases form." Alan Stern, with New Horizons team members  Credit: AFP Around 4.5 billion years ago a cloud of frozen pebbles began to join forces, gradually forming two bodies - Ultima and Thule. Slowing turning, they eventually touched at each other at what mission geology manager Jeff Moore called an "extremely slow speed" – maybe just one to a few miles per hour. If such a meeting occurred between two cars in a parking lot, he said, no driver would bother writing it up. The lobes, according to Moore, are really just "resting on each other." "New Horizons is like a time machine, taking us back to the birth of the solar system," Moore said. "We are seeing a physical representation of the beginning of planetary formation, frozen in time." Carly Howett, another researcher of the mission, noted that "we can definitely say that Ultima Thule is red," perhaps due to irradiation of ice. The close approach came a half-hour into the new year, and three years after New Horizons' unprecedented swing past Pluto.



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#Shutdownstories: federal employees reveal impact of government closure

#Shutdownstories: federal employees reveal impact of government closureThe area next to the National Christmas Tree is closed in Washington DC on 24 December as part of the partial government shutdown. Federal employees affected by the partial shutdown of the US government have been voicing their frustrations of spending the holidays worrying about their next paycheck. Donald Trump marked Christmas Day by insisting the shutdown will last until his demand for funds to build a wall on the US-Mexico border is met.



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California shooting: Police reveal sergeant slain in Thousand Oaks massacre was killed by friendly fire

California shooting: Police reveal sergeant slain in Thousand Oaks massacre was killed by friendly fireA police sergeant who died trying to stop a gunman after he opened fire in California bar was killed by a fellow officer’s bullet. Sergeant Ron Helus was shot five times by Marine veteran Ian Long after he sprayed bullets into a crowd at a country music night in Thousand Oaks on 7 November, killing 12 people. LD Maples, chief of the California Highway Patrol’s coastal division said that the patrolman “had no clue” that he had been responsible.



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Court filings reveal Michael Cohen offered limited cooperation, but point to new Russia contacts

Court filings reveal Michael Cohen offered limited cooperation, but point to new Russia contactsTwo teams of prosecutors filed memos in federal court on Friday describing their recommendations for how President Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen should be sentenced after pleading guilty to several felonies.



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Prosecutors Mistakenly Reveal Criminal Charges Against Julian Assange

Prosecutors Mistakenly Reveal Criminal Charges Against Julian AssangeA court filing accidentally revealed that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has



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California wildfires: Satellite images reveal devastating scale of disaster across US state

California wildfires: Satellite images reveal devastating scale of disaster across US stateThe sheer scale of destruction caused by wildfires in California has been revealed in satellite images released by Nasa. More than 200 people were still missing on Monday in California’s deadliest and most destructive blaze on record, which is one of two fires raging in the state. A photo of the blaze, named Camp Fire by officials, was captured by the space agency’s Landsat 8 on Thursday 8 November, showing a huge plume of smoke rising from the fire hours after it first broke out.



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Christine Blasey Ford’s Attorneys Reveal Statement From Corroborating Witness

Christine Blasey Ford’s Attorneys Reveal Statement From Corroborating WitnessChristine Blasey Ford's legal team has released a statement from her friend



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3,2,1: SpaceX counts down to reveal mystery Moon traveller

3,2,1: SpaceX counts down to reveal mystery Moon travellerSpaceX says it will reveal on Monday the name of the mysterious passenger it plans to send into orbit around the Moon, an ambitious project spearheaded by eccentric CEO Elon Musk. An event to unveil the first lunar traveler since the last US Apollo mission in 1972 is planned for Monday at 6:00 pm (0100 GMT Tuesday) at SpaceX’s headquarters and rocket factory in Hawthorne, California, in the middle of metropolitan Los Angeles. An onslaught of questions about the passenger’s identity on Twitter has failed to coax any details from Musk, except one hint.



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Tesla has a surprise reveal for Grand Basel show; is it the production Roadster?

Tesla has a surprise reveal for Grand Basel show; is it the production Roadster?The Grand Basel show in Switzerland will play host to a new Tesla reveal, the electric car manufacturer confirmed Friday. Noting the show’s theme, the production version of the Tesla’s second-generation Roadster is the most likely candidate for a debut, unless the company is prepared to show off something truly surprising. CEO Elon Musk pulled a classic Steve Jobs “one more thing” moment during the reveal of the Tesla Semi and surprised with the Roadster concept car last November.



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Pebble Beach reveal for Audi PB18 e-tron

Pebble Beach reveal for Audi PB18 e-tronThere’s an increasing number of brand new cars that get unveiled and rub shoulders with the many classics at Monterey Car Week these days, but it’s hard to think of many this year that are as modern or futuristic as the Audi PB18 e-tron concept that’s just revealed at Pebble Beach. Audi is well on the way towards introducing its first all-electric production models under its new e-tron designation, but the PB18 is a technical showcase of what a future electric-powered supercar from Audi could eventually look like. This stunning-looking model was designed by the team at Audi’s design studio located in Malibu, California, and it takes a healthy dose of its inspiration from Audi’s former LMP1 racing cars and the 2017 Aircon that was the company’s previous electric concept car.



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