NASA Spacecraft Takes Photo From 3.79 Billion Miles

Enlarge Image New Horizons captured this record-breaking image of the Wishing Well star cluster in December.                  NASA  JHUAPL  SwRI

Enlarge Image New Horizons captured this record-breaking image of the Wishing Well star cluster in December. NASA JHUAPL SwRI

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is making history again, this time one-upping the legendary Voyager 1.

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. In February 1990, Voyager 1 was exiting our solar system when it snapped the iconic "Pale Blue Dot" photo - a picture of Earth from over 6.06 billion kilometers away. Another famous space probe, Voyager 1, was the previous record holder for over 27 years.

Using the aforementioned LORRI tool, New Horizons managed to snap images of multiple Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs), as well as dwarf planets, including the 2012 HE85 and 2012 HZ84 KBOs shown in the image above.

New Horizons has been on an extended mission in the Kuiper Belt, a region of the solar system just beyond Neptune's orbit, since 2017.

But New Horizons is the first to send back a picture for so far afield. Or restarted. The probe is periodically in communication with the mission team as it closes in on its next target, a Kuiper Belt object (or perhaps even two paired objects) known as 2014 MU69.

Two hours later, LORRI looked at two objects in the Kuiper Belt, the ring of icy objects that New Horizons has been traveling through in the wake of its Pluto encounter.

"New Horizons has always been a mission of firsts - first to explore Pluto, first to explore the Kuiper Belt, fastest spacecraft ever launched", New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern, said in a statement.

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New Horizons is sleeping now, resting up for its next big adventure.

New Horizons was launched on January 19, 2006. The spacecraft is also making nearly continuous measurements of the plasma, dust and neutral-gas environment during its journey.

"And now, we've been able to make images farther from Earth than any spacecraft in history", Stern added. This belt is home to three officially recognized dwarf planets- Pluto, Haumea and Makemake.

The following is an excerpt from Wikipedia describing the New Horizons spacecraft.

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 a year ago. For now, New Horizons won't be sending home any snapshots.

New Horizons broke its own record by taking the image of the two KBOs shown above. It'll be the first up-close look of a Kuiper Belt object.

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