NASA's New Horizons satellite snaps farthest image ever made from Earth

Ismael LynchFeb 10, 2018

But now, New Horizons mission is yet to finish as it travels at a speed of 1.1m km a day to reach its final objective: the observation of objects in the Kuiper-Edgeworth Belt which got underway past year.

New Horizon's next target is a flyby through the Kuiper belt; hence, the latest images give an overview of what new destination of New Horizons.

These December 2017 false-color images of Kuiper belt objects were taken from the farthest distance from Earth of any spacecraft ever. The imager is one of seven instruments aboard the New Horizons spacecraft that reached Pluto in 2015.

The record was previously held by NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft, which snapped the image data for the famous "Pale Blue Dot" image on February 14, 1990. But every once in a while, it wakes up, and it snaps a few photos which it then beams back to Earth.

The "Pale Blue Dot" was a part of the first ever "portrait" of the solar system taken by Voyager 1.

The New Horizons spacecraft is said to be in good condition and is now hibernating, with mission control planning to awaken it again on June 4 in preparation for a flyby of Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69 in mid-2019.

NASA has released a record-breaking photograph taken by the New Horizons spacecraft when it was 3.79 billion miles away from the Earth.

In 1994, U.S. astronomer Carl Sagan reflected on the significance of the photograph to an audience at Cornell University, famously coining its name as the Pale Blue Dot, and giving one of the most widely published speeches of all time. They're also the closest-ever images of Kuiper Belt objects. Next to nothing is known about the micro-surfaces of objects like these, Porter said.

09 de febrero de 2018, 13:00Washington, Feb 9 (Prensa Latina) The US space agency (NASA) is now displaying images of two objects from the Kuiper Belt (KBO) taken by its New Horizons ship, 6, 120 million kilometers from our planet. The images of 2012 HZ84 and 2012 HE85 provide vital context to the understudied bodies at the solar system's bleeding edge. It'll be the first up-close look of a Kuiper Belt object.

Launched in 2006, the New Horizons mission stayed true to its name. The spacecraft's camera will continue to set image records as it flies by a Kuiper belt object called 2014 MU69 in January 2019. If a craft were launched today it would take a decade to travel as far as New Horizons has, and there are no immediate plans to follow in its path.

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