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Overview of initial results from the reconnaissance flyby of a Kuiper Belt planetesimal: 2014 MU69

  title={Overview of initial results from the reconnaissance flyby of a Kuiper Belt planetesimal: 2014 MU69},
  author={S. Alan Stern and John R. Spencer and H. Weaver and Cathy B. Olkin and J. M. Moore and William M. Grundy and Randy Gladstone and William B. McKinnon and Dale P. Cruikshank and Leslie A. Young and H. A. Elliott and Anne J. Verbiscer and Joel Wm. Parker and The New Horizons Team},
  journal={arXiv: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics},
The centerpiece objective of the NASA New Horizons first Kuiper Extended Mission (KEM-1) was the close flyby of the Kuiper Belt Object KBO) 2014 MU69, nicknamed Ultima Thule. On 1 Jan 2019 this flyby culminated, making the first close observations of a small KBO. Initial post flyby trajectory reconstruction indicated the spacecraft approached to within ~3500 km of MU69 at 5:33:19 UT. Here we summarize the earliest results obtained from that successful flyby. At the time of this submission, only… 

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