FIRST AIRED: January 1, 2019

Nice work! Enjoy the show!

×

You’re busy. We get it.

Stay on top of the news with our Editor’s Picks newsletter.

US Edition
Intl. Edition
Unsubscribe at any time. One click, it’s gone.

Thanks for signing up!

×

Transcript

00:00:00
>> I don't know about all of you but I'm really liking this 2019 things so far.
LAUGH]>>
There it is meet Ultimate.>>
00:00:23
>> Three, two, one, we have ignition and lift-off of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft.>> The New Horizons probe was launched in 2006. A year later, it sent back new pictures of Jupiter and, in 2015, some of the first images of the surface of Pluto. But on the first day of 2019, it sailed past an object named Ultima Thule, an irregularly shaped rock on the far reaches of our solar system that orbits the sun every 295 years.
00:00:54
>> Now the image that I'm about to show you is the best image of Ultima that we got pre-flyby and it's okay to laugh>> But it's better than the one we had yesterday.>>
APPLAUSE
>> it appears to be peanut shaped, but for a probe travelling at 32,000 miles an hour, the photo's not bad.
00:01:16
Higher resolution images are expected in the coming days and weeks. And NASA says they'll reveal a lot more.>> This thing has been sitting out At a large distance from the sun for 4.6 billion years and the surface could have been fumbled by meteorite-like material over the age of the solar system.
00:01:36
>> Ultimate Thule seats so deep in space that temperatures are near absolute zero which scientists say may preserve chemicals in a state dating back to the formation of the earth