These false-color images are the farthest from Earth ever captured. Credit: NASA
The furthers image ever made captured by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft. Short science news

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft snapped the farthest image from Earth ever made so far. When the camera captured the image, the spacecraft was 3.79 billion miles (6.12 billion kilometers, or 40.9 astronomical units) from Earth. No photographs have ever been captured that far from our home planet, at least until now. In the images, New Horizons has captured several Kuiper Belt objects and dwarf planets at unique phase angles, as well as Centaurs at extremely high phase angles to search for forward-scattering rings or dust. The spacecraft is functioning correctly and is currently in hibernation. Mission controllers at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, will bring the spacecraft out of its electronic slumber on June 4 and begin a series of system checkouts and other activities to prepare New Horizons for the encounter with Kuiper Belt objects.

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