These Photographs Had been Captured Almost three.Eight Billion Miles From Earth

Posted February 14, 2018

In 1990, the iconic probe captured a long-distance image of Earth, widely known as the "Pale Blue Dot" photo.

The Nasa spacecraft that made close-ups of Pluto has set a record for the farthest photos ever taken.

With its innovative imaging technology (Long Range Reconnaissance Imager), New Horizons immortalized several space objects, as well as some other dwarf planets in the Kupier Belt.

NASA probe “New Horizons” snaps farthest-ever photo from Earth

"New Horizons has always been a mission of firsts", the mission's principle investigator Alan Stern said, "First to explore Pluto, first to explore the Kuiper Belt, fastest spacecraft ever launched. And now, we've been able to make images farther from Earth than any spacecraft in history". So, after exploring Pluto in 2015, New Horizons, started on its secondary mission to explore 2014 MU69, a Kuiper Belt Object (KBO), which it should reach in 2019.

Until now, the photo was taken farther away from Earth than any image ever, a record that stood for more than 27 years. Just 2 hours before, the spacecraft had officially claimed the title of spaciest photographer by capturing a camera-calibration shot of a far-off star cluster known as the Wishing Well.

This color image of the Earth, dubbed Pale Blue Dot, is a part of the first ever "family portrait" of our Solar System taken by Voyager 1.

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But the New Horizons photos are a worthwhile reminder that as technology improves, and as NASA probes and crafts work their way deeper and deeper into space, there's going to be a wealth of interesting, engrossing, and attractive photos as a result. As Stephanie Pappas at LiveScience reports, after snapping an image and storing it on its hard drive, New Horizons sends its data back on an antenna that transmits at only 12 watts, moving data at a snail's pace-only two kilobits per second.

Anyone who's passionate about astronomy and outer space knows that few things can compare to the grandeur and beauty of deep space photography, and on that front, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is doing great work.

To date, New Horizons is the fifth spacecraft to venture beyond the outer planets.

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NASA said New Horizons is in the hibernation mode now, awaiting its next adventure due January 1, 2019, at which time it will fly past an Kuiper Belt object (KBO) named 2014 MU69. It is now about 41 times as far from Earth as Earth is from the sun. NASA scientists are also using the New Horizons craft to analyze plasma, dust, and gas in the region.

What makes New Horizons' momentous event even more interesting is that it broke its own record after just two hours. These efforts could reveal much about the formation and evolution of the Solar System, and are setting records that are not likely to be broken for many more decades!

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