The NASA shuttle that gave us close-ups of Pluto has set a record for the most remote photographs at any point taken.
In December — while 3.79 billion miles (6.12 billion kilometers) from Earth — the New Horizons shuttle snapped a photo of a star bunch. The photograph outperformed the “Light Blue Dot” pictures of Earth taken in 1990 by NASA’s Voyager 1.
The pictures for “Light Blue Dot” — part of a composite — were taken 3.75 billion miles (6.06 billion kilometers) away.
New Horizons took more photographs as it sped further into the universe in December. These photos demonstrate two questions in the Kuiper Belt, the alleged strange place on the edges of our nearby planetary group.
NASA discharged the pictures this week.
New Horizons flew past Pluto in 2015. It’s made a beeline for a significantly nearer experience with another frosty world, 1 billion miles (1.6 billion kilometers) past Pluto, on Jan. 1, 2019. The focused on question is known as 2014 MU69; the rocket will go inside 2,175 miles (3,500 kilometers).
“New Horizons just couldn’t be better … we’re hunkering down on our flyby target,” said lead researcher Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado.
The shuttle was propelled in 2006.