NASA captured the most distant photograph from the Earth

These images of Kuiper Belt objects taken by NASA's New Horizons were the farthest from Earth ever captured by a spacecraft

MU69 sits in the Kuiper Belt, a ring of icy comets, planet fragments and dwarf stars 4.1 billion miles (6.5 billion km) from Earth. 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 United States to complete its reconnaissance of our solar system. However, an image captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft just smashed Voyager 1's achievement. "And now, we've been able to make images farther from Earth than any spacecraft in history". Then, mere hours later, it beat its own record with yet another photo from 3.79 billion miles away of celestial objects in the Kuiper Belt.

On December 5th, 2017, New Horizons turned its Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) to the galactic open star cluster known as the "Wishing Well" and took a shot. NASA says Voyager 1's cameras were turned off after that, so its photography record has been unchallenged for more than 27 years. In the process, it sent back of the distant world, which for decades had appeared as little more than a smudge to even the most advanced telescopes on Earth.

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

"New Horizons has always been a mission of firsts - first to explore Pluto, first to explore the Kuiper Belt, fastest spacecraft ever launched", says New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern.

But New Horizons is the first to send back a picture for so far afield.

"The Voyagers and Pioneers flew through the Kuiper Belt at a time when we didn't know this region existed", says Jim Green, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division, in another press release.

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is now one of the most distant human-made objects, and it just took the most distant photograph ever. The date of the rendezvous is on New Year's Day, according to Cheng.

According to the press release, New Horizons is now back in hibernation mode and will reawaken on June 4 to begin preparations for a January 1, 2019 rendezvous with 2014 MU69, which is almost a billion miles beyond Pluto.

NASA also plans for the spacecraft to observe at least two-dozen other KBOs, dwarf planets, and Centaurs - the former KBOS in unstable orbits that cross the orbits of giant planets.

According to NASA, New Horizons is healthy and is now in hibernation.

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