These Photos Were Snapped by the Farthest-Ever Cameras from Earth

Cesar Mills
February 14, 2018

This it slightly farther than the "Pale Blue Dot" image of Earth, which was snapped by the Voyager 1 mission when it was at a distance of 6.06 billion km (3.75 billion mi; 40.5 AU) from Earth.

The Nasa spacecraft that made close-ups of Pluto has set a record for the farthest photos ever taken. There, NASA says it plans for New Horizons to make flyby investigations of at least two dozen objects, such as "dwarf planets and 'Centaurs, ' former [Kuiper Belt objects] in unstable orbits that cross the orbits of the giant planets".

The coming New Year's flight past MU69 will be the farthest planetary encounter in history, happening one billion miles beyond the Pluto system - which New Horizons famously explored in July 2015, NASA said.

For a couple of hours, this New Horizons image of the so-called Wishing Well star cluster, snapped on December 5, 2017, was the farthest image ever captured by a spacecraft.

New Horizons is the probe that flew by Pluto on July 14, 2015, and beamed back those awesome pictures.

Voyager 1's record remained unchallenged for almost three decades after NASA turned off its cameras shortly after taking the legendary shot.

For the past 27 years, Voyager 1 has been the record holder for the farthest captured image in history.

They are also the closest-ever images of Kuiper Belt objects.

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New Horizons broke its own record a couple of hours later that day by taking images of two space rocks in the Kuiper Belt, a disc-shaped region beyond Neptune that may be home to hundreds of thousands of icy worlds and a trillion or more comets, according to a NASA statement.

The previous record holder for the farthest picture was NASA's Voyager 1, which shot the famous "Pale Blue Dot" image of Earth on February 14, 1990.

That's the gift of perspective that NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft gave us when it sent its iconic "pale blue dot" photo.

At the time, New Horizons was 3.79 billion miles (6.12 billion kilometers) from Earth. This leaves the exploration up to New Horizons. It is now about 41 times as far from Earth as Earth is from the sun.

The latter shows a look at Kuiper Belt objects HZ84 and 2012 HE85.

This image, taken by New Horizons on December 5, 2017, shows the "Wishing Well" Galactic open star cluster.

During more than a decade of cruising through space, New Horizons has already made several flybys of planets in our Solar System. The next time scientists plan to bring it back online will be June 4, when the spacecraft will start preparing for a close encounter with a KBO named 2014 MU69 that's expected to happen on January 1, 2019.

New Horizons is now "hibernating" to save power in between actions on its journey.

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