The space snowman that Nasa has visited is surprisingly surprising – not round – behind.
New photos from New Horizons spacecraft provide a new perspective on the small cosmetic body of 4bn thousand (6.4 billion km) away. The two-lobed thing, known as Ultima Thule, is really longer on the cluster than originally appointed, according to scientists.
Pictures released late last week ̵
When viewed on the side, Ultima Thule is still like a two-ball snowman. But from the side, the snow is broken, a type like lemon and a piece connected together, end to end.
"The changing attitude has changed significantly," said Alan Stern, the lead scientist in the South West Research Institute. "It would be closer to the reality that Ultima Thule's shape is flatter, like pancake. But more importantly, the new images are creating scientific puzzles about how something could even be created "We did not see something like this in the sun present."
Project scientist Hal Weaver, Johns Hopkins University, home of the New Horizons flight control center, said the product should take place New theories of how these primitive things were done early in the sun
Ultima Thule – considered to be binary – never to explore the world's most distant. New Horizons came out at a high speed, following Pluton's first visitor in 2015. Mission managers expect to focus on cellular objects longer in this Kuiper Belt, on the frozen edge of the solar system, if the still healthy spacecraft.
New Horizons is already 32m miles (52m kilometers) over Ultima Thule. It will take one and a half years to recover all flight data.