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Sci Tech    H4'ed 12/30/18

NASA's New Horizons Ready for Historic Flyby of Ultima Thule in the Kuiper Belt

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NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will ring in the new year with an epic flyby at the edge of the solar system, and the stage is set for a truly historic encounter. And it's happening amid a partial government shutdown.

'Very few teams have had this experience and this privilege of crossing the entirety of our solar system on a mission,' Stern said in the webcast. 'Really only the Pioneers and the Voyagers that came before us.' 

Not a lot is known about Ultima Thule. It is much smaller than Pluto, but its exact size and shape are unknown. It may have a reddish tint, but it isn't reflecting light like scientists initially expected, raising eyebrows ahead of Tuesday's flyby. 

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