Farthest photos ever taken, from almost 4 billion miles away

New Horizons claims record for most distant images in history of space exploration

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft just took the farthest-ever images from Earth, breaking an earlier record set by Voyager 1's "Pale Blue Dot" image taken nearly exactly 28 years ago.

On December 5, the spacecraft turned on its telescopic camera and caputered the photograph of a cluster of stars known as "Wishing Well".

NASA's New Horizon spacecraft recently taken record-breaking images in the Kuiper Belt.

Prior to New Horizons' star shot, the image taken farthest from Earth was one of the Blue Marble snapped by the Voyager 1 spacecraft on February 14, 1990. It'll be the first up-close look of a Kuiper Belt object.

But now, New Horizons mission is yet to finish as it travels at a speed of 1.1m km a day to reach its final objective: the observation of objects in the Kuiper-Edgeworth Belt which got underway past year.

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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.

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.

"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. That New Year's flight past MU69 will be the farthest planetary encounter in history, happening one billion miles beyond the Pluto system - which New Horizons famously explored in July 2015, according to NASA. Both are floating in the Kuiper Belt, an area on the edge of our solar system that NASA's spacecraft is now exploring.

New Horizons made history by clicking the images using its Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI). And with the probe continuing to hurtle through space at a speed of 700,000 miles (1.1 million km) per day, it will continue to collect more and more distant views of the universe. According to Johns Hopkins University, where the scientists in charge of the spacecraft's data communications are based, it's not easy. The transmission rate for New Horizons is only about 2 kilobits per second.

New Horizons is reportedly healthy and everything is functioning as planned.

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