The initial images returned by the probe appeared to show what became nicknamed as a 'space snowman' with two fairly spherical objects joined together in the middle. However, the latest images, which were taken from the other side of the object, reveal a very thin surface between the front and back sides, which has prompted investigators to describe it as more of a gingerbread man than a snowman.
â€¼ï¸BREAKINGâ€¼ï¸2014 MU69 (nicknamed #UltimaThule), is not, as it turns out, quite so round as initially anticipated. Images from @NASANewHorizons confirm the highly unusual, flatter shape of the #KBO: https://t.co/yaAZx8XQqO pic.twitter.com/JQlLiL9Hxq— Johns Hopkins APL (@JHUAPL) February 8, 2019
This latest turn of events has completely perplexed the NASA scientists studying the object. Principal investigator Professor Alan Stern said:
It is expected to take up to twenty months for all the images and data to be downloaded to Earth, but even at this early stage, Ultima Thule is proving to be a most mysterious and enigmatic object.