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To Ultima Thule Tuesday......
Posted by: max
Date: December 30, 2018 10:28AM
On New Year's day...

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New Horizons Spacecraft on Target to Reach Ultima Thule
by Staff Writers

A very special encounter is set to take place in the Kuiper Belt, six and a half billion kilometres from Earth, right at the beginning of the New Year. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will visit object 2014 MU69, better known as Ultima Thule. At 06:33 CET, New Horizons will fly past Ultima Thule and use its measuring equipment to examine the object from a distance of just 3,500 kilometres. New Horizons was launched to space approximately 13 years ago to investigate the dwarf planet Pluto. This is the first close-up exploration of a body beyond Pluto.

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Re: To Ultima Thule Tuesday......
Posted by: freeradical
Date: December 30, 2018 12:17PM
"Thule" must mean far as all heck away.

The only other time I've heard that name was "Thule Air Base", which is about as remote as it gets for an Air Force assignment. A really lovely place to be stationed...
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Re: To Ultima Thule Tuesday......
Posted by: JoeH
Date: December 30, 2018 01:10PM
From classical Greek, Thule was the farthest place North. In later Greek and Roman literature, and going into the Middle Ages, Ultima Thule gained the metaphorical meaning of being a place beyond the farthest known world.
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Re: To Ultima Thule Tuesday......
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: December 30, 2018 03:57PM
There was a community on the Arkansas - Oklahoma state line with that name. Each state considered it the end of the world and too far to be worth having, so they kept trying to pass it back and forth to the other state.
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Re: To Ultima Thule Tuesday......
Posted by: bruceko
Date: December 30, 2018 11:11PM
Thule also a company that makes car racks and cargo boxes
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