NASA just broke a photography record with photos taken in Kuiper Belt

NASA just broke a photography record with photos taken in Kuiper Belt

Such is the case with its New Horizons spacecraft, which made history by turning its telescopic camera toward a field of stars on December 5 when it snapped a photograph of the "Wishing Well" galactic star cluster 3.79 billion miles away from Earth.

The U.S. space agency reports in a news release that the New Horizons made the image back in December 2017 using its Long Range Reconnaissance Imager.

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft just took the farthest-ever images from Earth, breaking an earlier record set by Voyager 1's "Pale Blue Dot" image taken nearly exactly 28 years ago.

Talking about the new milestone images is New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern, who said, "New Horizons has always been a mission of firsts - first to explore Pluto, first to explore the Kuiper Belt, fastest spacecraft ever launched".

That picture was part of a composite of 60 images looking back at the solar system, on February 14, 1990, when Voyager was 3.75 billion miles from Earth.

In taking these images, New Horizon broke a record that had stood for almost three decades.

NASA published a pair of images taken by the New Horizons spacecraft, and they're not much to look at.

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The "Pale Blue Dot" images of Earth, taken in 1990, were part of the first ever "portrait" of the solar system taken by Voyager 1. It extends in a disc around our sun, beyond the orbit of Neptune.

Launched in 2006, the New Horizons mission stayed true to its name.

New Horizons continues its journey into the cosmos at a rate of about 700,000 miles a day. On Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, The Associated Press has found that stories circulating on the internet claiming Pluto has been officially reclassified as a planet are untrue.

Most of the time, New Horizons is sleeping - hibernating, to save energy.

Shots of these two icy objects were captured by NASA's New Horizons space probe.

That New Year's flight past MU69 will be the farthest planetary encounter in history, happening 1.6bn km beyond the Pluto system - which New Horizons famously explored in July 2015. The probe is traveling further out from our solar system to study what's in the Kuiper Belt, which is generally made up of frozen masses of rock and ice. "New Horizons is on the hunt to understand these objects, and we invite everyone to ring in the next year with the excitement of exploring the unknown".

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