NASA just pulled off humanity's farthest-ever visit to a space object — the New Horizons probe successfully flew by a mountain-size space rock 1 billion miles beyond Pluto
This is a great story for those that care anything about things beyond our planet (And baseball fans - See below for that).
It is 4 billion miles away from Earth.
"Ultima is the first thing we've been to that is not big enough to have a geological engine like a planet, and also something that's never been warmed greatly by the sun," he said. "It's like a time capsule from 4.5 billion years ago. That's what makes it so special."
Stern compared the flyby to an archaeological dig in Egypt.
"It's like the first time someone opened up the pharaoh's tomb and went inside, and you see what the culture was like 1,000 years ago," he said. "Except this is exploring the dawn of the solar system."
The New Horizon space craft also carries the ashes of Clyde Tombaugh, who was an American astronomer who discovered Pluto.
Clyde is the great uncle of...….Dodgers pitcher....Clayton Kershaw. I knew the Dodgers were cheaters.