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NASA farewell view of Ultima Thule shows a 'giant pancake'

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Feb 11, 2019 3:45 PM 2+ mon ago

NASA farewell view of Ultima Thule shows a giant pancake     - CNET

New Horizons caught these crescent views of Ultima Thule as it was flying away from the oddball object.

NASA must be hungry. The space agency shared the New Horizons spacecraft's goodbye glance at weird Ultima Thule and decided it looked like a "giant pancake" attached to a "dented walnut."

Ultima Thule is an unusual object found in the Kuiper Belt. It's located about 1 billion miles past dwarf-planet Pluto, which New Horizons visited in 2015. The pancake and nut comparison is a departure from earlier images that showed the two-lobed object looking more like a snowman.

NASA released a graphic showing how our understanding has changed thanks to additional data from New Horizons.

The rounded snowman ...

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