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Johns Hopkins APL-Built Spacecraft Sends Data After Flyby Near Ultima Thule

TYSONS CORNER, VA, January 3, 2018 — A spacecraft that Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory built for NASA has traveled the farthest among any spacecraft in history after it reached its target object in the Kuiper Belt, ExecutiveBiz reported Wednesday.

The lab said Tuesday the New Horizons mission has flown past Ultima Thule, which NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine noted is the “most distant object ever visited by a spacecraft,” and has transmitted imagery and science data to the team’s mission operations center for analysis.

Johns Hopkins APL, which operates the spacecraft and manages the mission, also works with the Southwest Research Institute on the New Horizons program.

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