These record-breaking pictures were taken by the farthest camera from Earth

These record-breaking pictures were taken by the farthest camera from Earth

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. Now, it's zipping along at more than 700,000 miles (1.1 million kilometers) each day - moving farther and farther out into our solar system.

"And now, we've been able to make images farther from Earth than any spacecraft in history".

New Horizons is now in electronic hibernation. The image of an icy rock in the Kuiper belt has had colour added to increase the contrast. In fact New Horizons broke it again two hours later when LORRI was turned toward Kuiper Belt objects 2012 HZ84 and 2012 HE85, the closest ever images of Kuiper Belt objects. It has the goal of observing "at least two-dozen" more Kuiper Belt objects.

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

The Pale Blue Dot was the final picture beamed back to Earth by Voyager 1, now the most distant thing made by humans and the first craft to cross into interstellar space.

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That flight past MU69 will be the farthest planetary encounter in history, happening one billion miles beyond the Pluto system, which New Horizons explored in July 2015.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The NASA spacecraft that gave us close-ups of Pluto has set a record for the farthest photos ever taken. After New Horizons launched in 2006, it flung itself around Jupiter in 2007 to get a boost toward Pluto, where it arrived in summer 2015.

New Horizons is reportedly healthy and everything is functioning as planned.

With diameters of a hundred kilometers or so, the two Kuiper belt objects are not large enough to classify as dwarf planets. The spacecraft was at a distance of 6.12 billion kilometers (3.79 billion miles) when it captured the images.

The Wishing Well star cluster. The images of 2012 HZ84 and 2012 HE85 provide vital context to the understudied bodies at the solar system's bleeding edge. But that will not be true when New Horizons wakes up in August. On January 1, 2019, the probe will fly by a small, frozen world in the Kuiper Belt called 2014 MU69, which orbits a billion miles beyond Pluto.

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