NASA released incredible images of dwarf planets

Kuiper Belt Objects

NASA has released a photograph taken 6.1 billion kilometres away from Earth.

Now, it's reportedly snapped the farthest photo from Earth that's ever been taken.

With its innovative imaging technology (Long Range Reconnaissance Imager), New Horizons immortalized several space objects, as well as some other dwarf planets in the Kupier Belt.

'New Horizons has always been a mission of firsts - first to explore Pluto, first to explore the Kuiper Belt, fastest spacecraft ever launched, ' said New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

New Horizons is the probe that flew by Pluto on July 14, 2015, and beamed back those incredible pictures.

NASA says Voyager 1's cameras were turned off after that, so its photography record has been unchallenged for more than 27 years. This means that images taken at this point are at a distance of 40.9 Astronomical Units (AUs), or the equivalent of about 41 times the distance between Earth and the Sun.

According to NASA, the remarkable false-color images sent back by New Horizons are also the closest-ever images captured of objects in the Kuiper Belt.

New Horizons recorded a picture of a star cluster taken from almost 4 billion miles away, breaking the previous record.

At a distance of 3.79 billion miles from Earth, New Horizons recorded a picture of a star cluster this past December.

Until recently, the image captured farthest from Earth was the "pale blue dot" photo that the Voyager 1 spacecraft snapped before shutting off its cameras in 1990.

According to NASA, New Horizons is now the fifth spacecraft to fly beyond the outer planets of our solar system. The transmission rate for New Horizons is only about 2 kilobits per second.

When you look at Earth from far enough away, all of us - our drama, political squabbling, and day-to-day worries - appear to be part of a speck of dusk, a pale blue dot floating in a vast cosmos of space. In the process, it sent back of the distant world, which for decades had appeared as little more than a smudge to even the most advanced telescopes on Earth. Each of those show a Kuiper Belt object: The one on the left is known as 2012 HZ84, and on the right is 2012 HE85.

New Horizons is still on an active mission to visit the Kuiper Belt.

That flight past 2014 MU69 will be the farthest planetary encounter in history, happening one billion miles beyond the Pluto system. The spacecraft travels more than 700,000 miles of space every day.

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