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New Horizons' Recently Captured Image Breaks Voyager 1's 27-Year Record

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This December 2017 false-color image made available by NASA in February 2018 shows KBO 2012 HZ84. This image is for now one of the farthest

NASA said in a statement that New Horizons snapped a picture of a group of stars known as the "Wishing Well" when the spacecraft was about 3.79 billion miles (6.12 billion kilometers) from Earth.

The space probe was even farther from home than NASA's Voyager 1 when it captured the famous "Pale Blue Dot" image of Earth.

The lab built and controls New Horizons, and released two photos of objects in the Kuiper belt, where the craft has been traveling since its historic fly-by of Pluto in 2015.

New Horizons is headed toward a KBO dubbed 2014 MU69, one of more than 20 far-off chunks of rock and ice NASA hopes to observe during the spacecraft's mission.

According to reports, the craft achieved the major milestone while drifting farther and farther through the outer boundaries of the solar system late previous year.

Image of the "Wishing Well" star cluster, taken December 5, 2017, which temporarily broke the 27-year record set by Voyager 1.

NASA has a whole lot of fancy image-gathering hardware on Earth and in space, and we've seen countless of stunning snapshots taken from here on Earth as well as nearby planets like Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Given that the New Horizons is still making its way through the solar system, it's entirely possible there will be more incredibly distant images in the weeks and months to come.

"Pale Blue Dot", which shows the Earth as a point of light in a sunbeam, was a precious record-holder for farthest photo captured from Earth.

However, in December of 2017, the New Horizons team began conducting a routine calibration test of the LORRI instrument. NASA says there are plans for New Horizons to make flyby investigations of some two dozen objects, like "dwarf planets and 'Centaurs, ' former [Kuiper Belt objects] in unstable orbits that cross the orbits of the giant planets".

The probe then turned its attention to the distant Kuiper Belt.

New Horizons is sleeping now, resting up for its next big adventure.

Getting the images to Earth is no easy task. Now, it's zipping along at more than 700,000 miles (1.1 million kilometers) each day - moving farther and farther out into our solar system. But they're arguably among the most unbelievable photographic images ever.

New Horizons has observed several objects in the Kuiper Belt, a distant region of icy debris that extends far beyond the orbit of Neptune.

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