Probing deep space: Journeys into darkness
Traveling through the solar system... and beyond!
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News of NASA's recent New Horizons spacecraft flyby past a snowman-shaped rock in deep space has scientists in a flutter. Nicknamed "Ultima Thule," the remote object was photographed 6.5 billion km (4 billion mi) from Earth—currently the farthest object in the solar system visited by an interplanetary space probe.
For more on this exciting discovery and a brief history of space exploration since the 1960s, browse this gallery and lift off on a journey out of this world.
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