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NASA Exhibits the Most Distant Images Taken by a Spaceship

NASA Probe Captures Farthest Images Taken Away From Earth NASA space probe takes 'furthest ever' photo from Earth
Doris Mccormick | 10 February, 2018, 03:43

The neon green and blue images were snapped in false-color to make the objects more distinguishable to the human eye. The machine that took these photos was farther from Earth than any other functioning camera in existence.

Two and a half years after becoming the first probe to study Pluto up close, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is gaining more fame for possessing the solar system's farthest-out camera in operation. Both are floating in the Kuiper Belt, an area on the edge of our solar system that NASA's spacecraft is now exploring. According to the principal investigator of the mission, Alan Stern, New Horizons has been a first-run operation: first exploring Pluto is also the first to track the Kuiper Belt, and-in addition-the fastest spacecraft ever launched.

But this record didn't stand for long.

Earth can be seen as a tiny dot in the middle of the orange stripe on the right side in this "Pale Blue Dot" photograph, taken by NASA's Voyager 1 in 1990, almost 4 billion miles from Earth.

That photo was taken on February 14, 1990, by NASA's Voyager 1 at 3.75 billion miles from Earth. Its four predecessors did not send back images because their cameras were shut down before they got that far away. But the spacecraft is not dead yet.

NASA's New Horizonsspacecraft released photos taken from the greatest distance from Earth ever, the agency announced Thursday.

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New Horizons flew past Pluto in July 2015, taking pictures which revealed an even more diverse landscape than scientists had previously imagined. There, it changed the way we view the dwarf planet.

New Horizons, in contrast, is just getting started. The spacecraft was at a distance of 6.12 billion kilometers (3.79 billion miles) when it captured the images. About two hours later, New Horizons later broke the record again.

The probe then followed that up with pictures of two objects floating in the Kuiper Belt, 2012 HZ84 and 2012 HE85. Next to nothing is known about the micro-surfaces of objects like these, Porter said. In the meantime, we'll always have 2012 HZ84 and 2012 HE85.

The probe is powered by a Star Trek-style ion drive and is journeying into the icy Kuiper Belt, one of the last truly unknown parts of our solar system.

Most of the time, New Horizons is sleeping - hibernating, to save energy.

After its visit to Pluto, the spacecraft headed out toward the Kuiper belt on its way to its next target, a Kuiper belt object (KBO) called 2014 MU69.

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