NASA is inviting media to cover the farthest planetary flyby in history, as its New Horizons spacecraft encounters the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule on Jan. 1, 2019. Flyby events from Dec. 29 – Jan. 4 will take place at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, the base of New Horizons operations.
NASA will offer coverage of the Ultima flyby on various platforms leading up to and during flyby week. Unveiling of the first close-up images of Ultima Thule – along with news briefings and photo and interview opportunities – are among media events scheduled at APL.
News media representatives who wish to cover the flyby and accompanying events at APL from Dec. 29, 2018 - Jan. 4,2019 must have accreditation in advance from the APL Public Affairs Office; the form for that information is below. The deadline to apply for credentials is Dec. 14, 2018, though space is limited and earlier registration is strongly encouraged.