Credit: National Air and Space Museum

NASA’s New Horizons flyby of Ultima Thule (a Kuiper Belt Object beyond Pluto) is an outbound spacecraft carrying a number of “foreign” objects – from Planet Earth.

Section of seat from SpaceShipOne – the first private craft to enter space.
Credit: Burt Rutan/Scaled Composites

One item onboard is a piece of a past milestone in itself: A section of seat from SpaceShipOne – the first private craft to enter space.

Section of seat from SpaceShipOne – the first private craft to enter space.
Credit: Burt Rutan/Scaled Composites

SpaceShipOne was developed by Mojave Aerospace Ventures (a joint venture between Paul Allen and Burt Rutan’s Scaled Composites in Mojave, California.

The flyby of the KBO object “makes the Scaled team proud to know Paul Allen’s ship is still making history 15 years after it flew above 100 Kilometers,” Rutan told Inside Outer Space. “Lookin up….way up,” he adds.

Other items

Carried onboard New Horizons are ashes of American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, the discoverer of Pluto.
Credit: NASA/APL

New Horizons also totes a tiny amount of the ashes of American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, the discoverer of Pluto. Also onboard CD-ROMs, the 1991 U.S. stamp proclaiming, “Pluto: Not Yet Explored,” Florida (launch state) and Maryland (New Horizons built there) state quarters and an American flag.

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