NASA probe "New Horizons" snaps farthest-ever photo from Earth

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It finished its primary mission with the Pluto flyby in 2015 and is now on an extended mission to explore the Kuiper Belt, helping the U.S. to complete its reconnaissance of our solar system.

Interplanetary station, New Horizons has established a record, having received images of celestial bodies with the maximum available distance from the Earth to date.

NASA said in a statement that New Horizons snapped a picture of a group of stars known as the "Wishing Well" when the spacecraft was about 3.79 billion miles (6.12 billion kilometers) from Earth.

This December 2017 false-color image made available by NASA in February 2018 shows KBO (Kuiper Belt object) 2012 HZ84. In preparation for these, the probe also established new records when it used its Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) to take a series of long-distance pictures.

"And now, we've been able to make images farther from Earth than any spacecraft in history", Stern said.

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced that its New Horizons spacecraft has recently taken the farthest ever images from Earth, breaking a previous record set by Voyager 1's "Pale Blue Dot" taken in 1990. That shot - which was, in fact, part of a composite of 60 images - came to be known as the "Pale Blue Dot", famously for depicting Earth as "a mote of dust suspended on a sunbeam".

Until now, the photo was taken farther away from Earth than any image ever, a record that stood for more than 27 years.




NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is making history again, this time one-upping the legendary Voyager 1. But they're arguably among the most unbelievable photographic images ever.

So how does New Horizons send back images, even blurry ones, through all that space?

"Mission scientists study the images to determine the objects' shapes and surface properties, and to check for moons and rings", the space agency says. "The spacecraft also is making almost continuous measurements of the plasma, dust and neutral-gas environment along its path", it added.

Flight controllers at the lab will awaken the spacecraft in June (it's now in electronic hibernation) and start getting it ready for the flyby.

"New Horizons has always been a mission of firsts - first to explore Pluto, first to explore the Kuiper Belt, fastest spacecraft ever launched". The Kuiper Belt is a disc-shaped expanse past the orbit of Neptune, about 2.7 billion to 9.3 billion miles (4.4 billion to 14.9 billion km) from the sun, that contains thousands of icy objects, comets and dwarf planets.

The piano-sized probe then turned to the Kuiper Belt.

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