NASA’s “New Horizons” spacecraft has captured the most distant photos ever taken from the Earth, breaking the previous record of the Voyager 1 vessel since 1990. The US spacecraft, which studied Pluto for the first time in July 2015, has now set its sights on the mysterious bodies of Kuiper Belt Objects (KBO).
Located at a distance of about 6.12 billion klm from our planet or nearly 41 astronomical units (that is, 41 times the Earth-Sun distance), New Horizons turned its telescopic camera and photographed on December 5 two KWO bodies, the “2012 HZ84 “and” 2012 HES85 “. The photos have now arrived on Earth and NASA has made them public.
In fact, Voyager’s record was broken for the first time the same day two hours earlier when New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) photographed an open cluster of stars of our galaxy. Two hours later, he pulled even more distant pictures of the two KBOs.
On Feb. 14, 1990, the Voyager 1, located at 6.06 billion kilometers (40.5 astronomical units) from Earth, drew a famous photo of our planet as a pale blue dot.
“New Horizons has long been a first-time mission – the first to explore Pluto, the first to explore the Kaiber Zone, the fastest spacecraft ever shot. And now we have been able to shoot more distant from the Earth than any other spacecraft in history, “said New Horizons lead researcher Alan Stern of Colorado’s Southwest Research Institute.