Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Cory Rios

New Horizons Captures The Farthest Image Ever Taken From Earth

New Horizons Captures The Farthest Image Ever Taken From Earth

With that, New Horizons surpasses a record set by NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft.

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.

For the two record-breaking Kuiper Belt object images, it took about 4 hours to transmit each image and 6 hours for the data to travel to Earth, Alan Stern, the principal investigator on the New Horizons mission, told Live Science.

The Pale Blue Dot images were taken at a distance of 3.75 billion miles (6.06 billion kilometers), and show Earth itself as a mere speck amid space.

Not long after that achievement in 1990, Voyager 1's cameras were switched off, but has since drifted endlessly into space for the past 27 years and will continue to do so for possibly millions of years. About two hours later, New Horizons later broke the record again. As it gets closer and closer to the confines of our solar system, the spacecraft has just taken one last shot of a cluster of stars, which is the most distant image ever taken from planet.

"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, the mission's principal investigator, said in the NASA statement.

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

On January 19, 2006, New Horizons was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station by an Atlas V rocket directly into an Earth-and-solar escape trajectory with a speed of about 16.26 kilometers per second (58,536 km/h; 36,373 mph). The spacecraft is also making nearly continuous measurements of the plasma, dust and neutral-gas environment during its journey.

Scientists are eager to find out what New Horizons makes of MU69.

For a couple of hours, this New Horizons image of the so-called Wishing Well star cluster, snapped on December 5, 2017, was the farthest image ever captured by a spacecraft.

The new false-color images show objects in the Kuiper Belt, a donut-shaped ring that surrounds our solar system and is likely full of comets, icy dwarf planets, and asteroids.

On July 14, 2015, at 11:49 UTC, it flew 12,500 km (7,800 mi) above the surface of Pluto, making it the first spacecraft to explore the dwarf planet. "This post-Pluto mission is a complete and comprehensive exploration of the Kuiper Belt", said Alice Bowman, New Horizons mission operations manager, also from APL.

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