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Nasa's New Horizons: 'Space snowman' appears squashed

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It seems the "space snowman" is more like a "gingerbread man, BBC reports.

Scientists studying the distant object known as Ultima Thule are revising ideas about its shape after examining the latest images downlinked to Earth.

The pictures, taken by the New Horizons probe on 1 January, show the apparently bulbous body to be quite flat.

This interpretation is evident from data acquired by the Nasa spacecraft as it looked back at icy Ultima Thule as it zoomed past at 50,000km/h.

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