NASA just published the farthest-ever images taken in space

These images of Kuiper Belt objects taken by NASA's New Horizons were the farthest from Earth ever captured by a spacecraft

The last time they did this was 5 December, when New Horizons took a routine calibration image of a cluster of stars, breaking a record for the most distant photograph ever taken.

The U.S. space agency reports in a news release that the New Horizons made the image back in December 2017 using its Long Range Reconnaissance Imager.

The hazy pictures above may not look like much, but they're the farthest images a manmade spacecraft has ever made from Earth. It's now hibernating until it readies for launch again on June 4, but the spacecraft hopes to observe at least two-dozen other Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs), dwarf planets and "Centaurs", or KBOs in unstable orbits that cross the orbits of the giant planets, upon its return later this year. The neon green and blue images were snapped in false-color to make the objects more distinguishable to the human eye.

Since New Horizons is just the fifth spacecraft to speed beyond the outer planets, many of its activities have set distance records, too. Voyager took them by turning its lens back towards Earth as the spacecraft sailed beyond Neptune on February 14, 1990. With its latest wake-up, it broke the record for the farthest image humanity has ever taken away from Earth. Kuiper Belt is a disc-shaped region beyond Neptune that extends from about 30 to 55 astronomical units from the Sun. Or restarted. The probe is periodically in communication with the mission team as it closes in on its next target, a Kuiper Belt object (or perhaps even two paired objects) known as 2014 MU69. On Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, The Associated Press has found that stories circulating on the internet claiming Pluto has been officially reclassified as a planet are untrue. New Horizons began its Kuiper Belt mission a year ago.

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Shots of these two icy objects were captured by NASA's New Horizons space probe. To get there, New Horizons is trucking: It travels more than 700,000 miles (1.1 million km) a day.

New Horizons, in contrast, is just getting started. "That New Year's flight past MU69 will be the farthest planetary encounter in history, happening one billion miles beyond the Pluto system-which New Horizons famously explored in July 2015".

But New Horizons is the first to send back a picture for so far afield. The spacecraft observed numerous Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs) as well as dwarf planets at unique phase angles.

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