Nasa spacecraft takes farthest ever image from Earth
The photograph conquered the ‘Pale Blue Dot’ images of Earth taken in 1990 from Nasa’s Voyager 1.
The Nasa spacecraft which produced close-ups of Pluto has set a record for the photos ever taken.
Back in December — although 3.79 billion miles (6.12 billion kilometres) in Earth — that the New Horizons spacecraft snapped a picture of a star cluster.
The photograph surpassed the “Pale Blue Dot” images of Earth taken in 1990 from NASA’s Voyager 1.
The graphics to “Pale Blue Dot” — a part of a composite — were taken 3.75 billion miles (6.06 billion kilometres) away.
New Horizons took photos as it sped deeper into the cosmos in December.
These pictures show two objects in the Kuiper Belt, the so called twilight zone on the fringes of our solar system.
Nasa published the images this past week.
New Horizons flew beyond Pluto in 2015. It is headed towards a much closer encounter with another icy world, 1 billion miles (1.6 billion kilometres) beyond Pluto, on January 1 2019.
The targeted object is known as 2014 MU69; the spacecraft will pass over 2,175 miles (3,500 kilometres).
“New Horizons simply could not be better… we’re bearing down on our flyby goal,” said lead scientist Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado.
New Horizons is now in digital hibernation.
Flight controls at a Johns Hopkins University lab in Laurel, Maryland, will wake up the spacecraft in June and begin getting it ready for the flyby.
The spacecraft was launched in 2006.