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NASA Exhibits the Most Distant Images Taken by a Spaceship

NASA Exhibits the Most Distant Images Taken by a Spaceship

This image made available by NASA on Friday, July 24, 2015 shows a combination of images captured by the New Horizons spacecraft with enhanced colors to show differences in the composition and texture of Pluto's surface.

In fact, New Horizons broke the record twice in quick succession, first snapping a shot of a group of distant stars called the Wishing Well, around 1,300 light-years away 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.

While we continue to bask in the afterglow of Elon Musk's historic Falcon Heavy SpaceX launch, it's easy to forget that NASA makes history virtually every day with innovations and milestones that continue to shape the future of the aerospace industry.

NASA says the New Horizons spacecraft is "healthy" and is now in hibernation. New Horizons broke its own record in the following days, photographing Kuiper belt objects 2012 HZ84 and 2012 HE85.

New Horizons is still on an active mission to visit the Kuiper Belt.

"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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The previous record - not set on December 9, 2017 - came from the beloved Voyager 1 back in February 1990 with its "Pale Blue Dot" image of Earth from 3.75 billion miles from home.

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has captured the farthest images from Earth by a spacecraft and set a new record. The targeted object is known as 2014 MU69; the spacecraft will pass within 2,175 miles (3,500 kilometres ).

New Horizons is reportedly healthy and everything is functioning as planned. The photos released Thursday break the record of the "Pale Blue Dot" photo.

The Wishing Well star cluster.

With diameters of a hundred kilometers or so, the two Kuiper belt objects are not large enough to classify as dwarf planets. The images of 2012 HZ84 and 2012 HE85 provide vital context to the understudied bodies at the solar system's bleeding edge. (Dwarf planet Pluto is a part of the belt, but it was not recognized as such until the discovery of other Kuiper objects in the early 2000s.) Pluto was estimated in 2015 to be the largest object in the belt, though there are other dwarf planets of note, such as Eris, Haumea and Makemake. But that will not be true when New Horizons wakes up in August.

New Horizons is going to get nudged out of hibernation again on the 4th of June.


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