A trajectory of NASA spacecraft New Horizon was set off for a historic flyby of the most distant cosmic object in the solar system – the Ultima Thule, on Monday, and an Indian scientist Shyam Bhaskaran is executing the flyby.
New Year’s party at NASA began billions of miles away into space as the space agency’s first ever flyby mission of attempting a nail-biting historic flyby of the most distant and ancient object in the solar system – the Ultima Thule was launched on January 1, 2019. And the best part is, that a Mumbai scientist Dr. Shyam Bhaskaran is playing a historic role in steering the journey of NASA spacecraft New Horizon’s journey to the farthest and the oldest cosmic body to be ever explored by humankind.
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As per the plan, Bhaskaran will be handling the flyby mission from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and will fly the trajectory, about fly 3,500 km above the surface of Ultima Thule on Tuesday. Hence, the mission reached to a distance three times closer than how far the flyby mission for Pluto was executed. The live coverage of launch was tweeted by NASA read and the New Horizons probe has made contact with Earth to confirm its successful flyby of the icy world known as Ultima Thule.
But the farthest flyby mission conducted by humans comes with numerous challenges, as the Ultima Thule is nearly six billion kilometres from Pluto. Finding the object that was unknown, dark, small and located in deep space was a challenge in itself, but it was easier to steer as there were no objects around. Hustling at a speed of 32,000 miles per hour, the closest approach was made within 2,200 miles of the surface of Ultima Thule, Shyam Bhaskaran booked himself in the history of space exploration.