Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

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

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

That's because they were taken from the farthest point from planet Earth of any images ever captured, snapped by a spacecraft just over 3.79 billion miles (6.12 billion kilometers) from its home planet.

The images for "Pale Blue Dot" - part of a composite - were taken 3.75 billion miles away.

When New Horizon's snapped a photo with its telescopic camera for a routine calibration frame of the Wishing Well star cluster, it was farther into space than even NASA's Voyager 1 had been when it captured its famous "Pale Blue Dot" image of Earth, the space agency says.

'And now, we've been able to make images farther from Earth than any spacecraft in history'. 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. These pictures show two objects in the Kuiper Belt, the so-called twilight zone on the fringes of our solar system.

NASA program director Alan Stern said: "New Horizons has always been a first-time mission, the first to explore Pluto, the first to explore the Camping Zone and the fastest spacecraft ever launched". "It is possible for the cameras to be turned on, but it is not a priority for Voyager's Interstellar Mission", according to NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's website.

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However, that might not be the last we hear from New Horizons, as its power source could continue to provide life into 2026 and beyond. Considering that was an image of our own planet taken from afar, it figures that it'd probably remain the more popular and iconic of the two―humanity can be self-centered, after all, and the Kuiper Belt is remote.

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

In July of 2015, the New Horizons mission made history by being the first spacecraft to rendezvous with Pluto.

Getting the images to Earth is no easy task. Besides analyzing MU69, New Horizons will also make observations of a dozen other objects including dwarf planets and "Centaurs", or objects with unstable orbits that float around in the Kuiper Belt. But they're arguably among the most incredible photographic images ever.

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.

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