LAUREL, Middletown – A small, frosty world of millions of miles after Pluto is a New Year celebration.
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is ready to fly at 12.33 pm yesterday at the mysterious facility called Ultima Thule (TOO-lee). This is the world's most distant human exploration.
The new horizons go through Pluto and last 3 1/2 years after the first close relatives of the purple planet.
This time the drama opens 4 billion kilometers from Earth (6.5 billion kilometers), near where Laurel, Maryland, knows that spacecraft will meet soon 10 hours before the flight attendants.
Leading Scientist Alan Stern said Monday that the team had been working at this moment and would say, "That's it!"