NASA spacecraft captures farthest ever image from Earth

NASA Probe Captures Farthest Images Taken Away From Earth

NASA Probe Captures Farthest Images Taken Away From Earth

Most of the time, New Horizons is sleeping - hibernating, to save energy. "And now, we've been able to make images farther from Earth than any spacecraft in history".

A tiny NASA space probe which "slept" for nine years and has travelled 3.79 billion years to the edge of our solar system has made history this week.

New Horizons flew past Pluto in July 2015, taking pictures which revealed an even more diverse landscape than scientists had previously imagined. But its mission isn't done.

According to the space agency, New Horizons captured over 1,200 photos and collected 10GB worth of data, which took over a year to reach Earth. The probe is traveling further out from our solar system to study what's in the Kuiper Belt, which is generally made up of frozen masses of rock and ice.

Voyager 1's cameras were turned off shortly after that portrait, leaving its distance record unchallenged for more than 27 years. Its New Horizons spacecraft has managed to take the farthest images from Earth. But every once in a while, it wakes up, and it snaps a few photos which it then beams back to Earth. The still-active probe is now over 21 billion kilometers from Earth, but NASA long ago made a decision to turn off the probe's camera to save on power.

09 de febrero de 2018, 13:00Washington, Feb 9 (Prensa Latina) The US space agency (NASA) is now displaying images of two objects from the Kuiper Belt (KBO) taken by its New Horizons ship, 6, 120 million kilometers from our planet. "The telescopic camera actually beat its own record that it had set two hours before on the same day with an image of the "Wishing Well" cluster", NASA reports.

During its extended mission in the Kuiper Belt, which began in 2017, New Horizons is hoping to observe at least two-dozen other KBOs, dwarf planets and "Centaurs" - former KBOs in unstable orbits that cross the orbits of the giant planets. When that happens, it will break the record again. These December 2017 false-color images of KBOs 2012 HZ84 (left) and 2012 HE85 are, for now, the farthest objects from Earth ever captured by a spacecraft.

Now, using its Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), the spacecraft has photographed several Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs) and dwarf planets at unique angles. A Pluto-style flyby is scheduled for January 1, 2019.

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