NASA's New Horizons satellite snaps farthest image ever made from Earth

NASA's New Horizons satellite snaps farthest image ever made from Earth

With that, New Horizons surpasses a record set by NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft. On 5 December, 2017, the spacecraft, which covers over one million kilometres of space per day, was 6.12 billion kilometres from Earth, when it captured an image of the "Wishing Well" open star cluster - making it the "farthest image ever made from Earth". That picture was part of a composite of 60 images looking back at the solar system, on February 14, 1990, when Voyager was 3.75 billion miles (6.06 billion kilometers, or about 40.5 astronomical units [AU]) from Earth.

Voyager 1's cameras were turned off shortly after that portrait, leaving its distance record unchallenged for more than 27 years. Just two hours before taking the record-breaking images of the Kuiper Belt objects, it took an image of a star cluster called the "Wishing Well", which is now the second-farthest image from Earth ever taken.

Since New Horizons is just the fifth spacecraft to speed beyond the outer planets, many of its activities have set distance records, too.

The New Horizons spacecraft is said to be in good condition and is now hibernating, with mission control planning to awaken it again on June 4 in preparation for a flyby of Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69 in mid-2019.

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Shots of these two icy objects were captured by NASA's New Horizons space probe. "Mission scientists study the images to determine the objects' shapes and surface properties, and to check for moons and rings", says NASA. The red line marks the path of the New Horizons spacecraft. There are only four spacecraft that have ever traveled that far from home: Voyager 1 and 2, and Pioneer 10 and 11.

New Horizons is sleeping now, resting up for its next big adventure. Data is stored in a solid-state recorder (the only moving parts in these flash memory devices are the electrons) on New Horizons and is then transmitted via radio waves.

"That tells us this object is going to have a lot of surprises in store for New Horizons", said Marc Buie, the New Horizons science team member from SwRI who led the observation campaign. This belt is home to three officially recognized dwarf planets- Pluto, Haumea and Makemake. It'll be the first up-close look of a Kuiper Belt object. New Horizons is one of only five shuttles which has managed to reach the escape velocity required to exit the solar system.

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