CAPE CANAVERAL,Fla (AP) —–The NASA spacecraft that provided us close-ups of Pluto has actually set a record for the farthest images ever taken.
InDecember —– while 3.79billion miles (6.12billion kilometers) from Earth —– the New Horizons spacecraft snapped a photo of a star cluster. The image went beyond the “Pale Blue Dot” pictures of Earth taken in 1990 by NASA’s Voyager 1.
Theimages for “Pale Blue Dot” —– part of a composite —– were taken 3.75billion miles (6.06billion kilometers) away.
NewHorizons took more images as it sped much deeper into the universes inDecember These images reveal 2 items in the Kuiper Belt, the so-called twilight zone on the fringes of our planetary system.
NASA launched the images today.
NewHorizons flew past Pluto in2015 It’s headed towards an even better experience with another icy world, 1 billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) beyond Pluto, onJan 1,2019 The targeted things is called 2014 MU69; the spacecraft will pass within 2,175miles (3,500kilometers).
“New Horizons just couldn’t be better … we’re bearing down on our flyby target,”stated lead researcher Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado.
NewHorizons is presently in electronic hibernation. Flight controllers at a Johns Hopkins University laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, will awaken the spacecraft in June and begin getting it prepared for the flyby.
Thespacecraft was introduced in 2006.
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