Tourists take pictures of a NASA sign at the Kennedy Space Center visitors complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida April 14, 2010. President Barack Obama will outline a revamped space policy on Thursday aimed at speeding development of a new heavy-lift rocket, increasing the number of human spaceflight missions, creating 2,500 new jobs and ultimately voyaging to Mars.

A NASA probe took a record-breaking photo 3.79 billion miles from Earth

3.79 billion miles

NASA just set a record by photographing the most distant objects ever.

Published   |  Photo by Reuters/Carlos Barria
Tourists take pictures of a NASA sign at the Kennedy Space Center visitors complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida April 14, 2010. President Barack Obama will outline a revamped space policy on Thursday aimed at speeding development of a new heavy-lift rocket, increasing the number of human spaceflight missions, creating 2,500 new jobs and ultimately voyaging to Mars.
3.79 billion miles

The pictures show comets, icy dwarf planets, and asteroids in the Kuiper Belt, a donut-shaped ring that surrounds our solar system.

For a short time, this New Horizons of the "Wishing Well" star cluster, taken Dec. 5, 2017, was the farthest image ever made by a spacecraft. About two hours later, New Horizons broke the record again with images of two Kuiper Belt objects.

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Tourists take pictures of a NASA sign at the Kennedy Space Center visitors complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida April 14, 2010. President Barack Obama will outline a revamped space policy on Thursday aimed at speeding development of a new heavy-lift rocket, increasing the number of human spaceflight missions, creating 2,500 new jobs and ultimately voyaging to Mars.
3.79 billion miles

The photos were taken by the New Horizons spacecraft, an interplanetary probe launched in 2006.

Tourists take pictures of a NASA sign at the Kennedy Space Center visitors complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida April 14, 2010. President Barack Obama will outline a revamped space policy on Thursday aimed at speeding development of a new heavy-lift rocket, increasing the number of human spaceflight missions, creating 2,500 new jobs and ultimately voyaging to Mars.
3.79 billion miles

The previous record was the 28-year-old “Pale Blue Dot” image, captured by the Voyager probe 3.75 billion miles (6.06 billion km) from Earth.

Tourists take pictures of a NASA sign at the Kennedy Space Center visitors complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida April 14, 2010. President Barack Obama will outline a revamped space policy on Thursday aimed at speeding development of a new heavy-lift rocket, increasing the number of human spaceflight missions, creating 2,500 new jobs and ultimately voyaging to Mars.
3.79 billion miles

New Horizons is the fastest spacecraft ever launched, traveling 700,000 miles (1.1 million km) per day. It will complete a fly-by of a Kuiper Belt object on January 1, 2019—about one billion miles beyond Pluto.

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