These Photos Were Snapped by the Farthest-Ever Cameras from Earth

NASA share farthest pic of Pluto from Earth 1222018

That image has held the record for the farthest ever taken away from Earth-until now.

NASA writes that the photos were captured by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) camera on its New Horizons interplanetary space probe, which performed a flyby of Pluto in 2015.

NASA has published a pair of record-breaking photos. The targeted object is known as 2014 MU69; the spacecraft will pass within 2,175 miles (3,500 kilometers). It finished its primary mission with the Pluto flyby in 2015 and is now on an extended mission to explore the Kuiper Belt, helping the United States to complete its reconnaissance of our solar system.

For the past 27 years, Voyager 1 has been the record holder for the farthest captured image in history. Image credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech.

"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, New Horizons Principal Investigator from the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, said in a statement. During its voyage to the outer reaches of the solar system, the spacecraft usually stays in hibernation mode to conserve energy.

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has broken the record for an image taken at the farthest distance from Earth in history.

New Horizons continues to exceed expectations in its space wanderings.

But the New Horizons photos are a worthwhile reminder that as technology improves, and as NASA probes and crafts work their way deeper and deeper into space, there's going to be a wealth of interesting, engrossing, and handsome photos as a result.

"The Voyagers and Pioneers flew through the Kuiper Belt at a time when we didn't know this region existed", says Jim Green, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division, in another press release.

Getting the images to Earth is no easy task.

New Horizons is just the fifth spacecraft to speed beyond the outer planets, so many of its activities set distance records. From here on out, every image it sends back will be the most distant image ever sent back. To get there, New Horizons is trucking: It travels more than 700,000 miles (1.1 million km) a day. Besides analyzing MU69, New Horizons will also make observations of a dozen other objects including dwarf planets and "Centaurs", or objects with unstable orbits that float around in the Kuiper Belt.

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