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A celestial body, known as the 2014 MU69, called Ultima Thule, according to NASA. January 1, 2019 it will fly interplanetary station New Horizons
The name was chosen to command the mission, since it, as stated by its leader Alan stern, will be “the most long-range study of any space object in history.” Ultima Thule from the Latin translates as “very far Fula” or “Ultima Thule”. The expression comes from the name of the legendary island of Thule, is described by ancient Greek traveler Pifem.
The name for the 2014 New Horizons MU69 scientists chose the subject of voting, held in late 2017. In the online survey involved 115 participants, who offered about 34 thousand names.
New Horizons July 14, 2015 passed at a minimum distance past Pluto. The main objective of the mission was to study the dwarf planet and its satellites. By January 1, 2019, the mission needs to achieve 2014 MU69. From other Kuiper belt objects distinguished by its unusual orbit, indicating an ancient origin.
In July 2017, stern said that because 2014 MU69 has a high reflectivity and small size, it is likely that it is a swarm of small objects.
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