New Year’s Eve 2019
Thirteen years outbound from Earth and a billion miles past Pluto, NASA's New Horizons probe is healthy and on course for a historic New Year's Day flyby of its next target, a frozen remnant left over from the birth of the solar system 4.6 billion years ago, project scientists say.
"Ultima Thule comes from Latin and it means 'beyond the farthest frontiers,' which is exactly what we're doing," said Alan Stern, the New Horizon's principal investigator. "We're making the farthest exploration of worlds in the history of space exploration. The spacecraft is now about a billion miles farther out than Pluto, which itself was the farthest world ever explored." http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/