NASA's New Horizon automatic interplanetary station made the furthest space photo


The NASA automatic interplanetary station New Horizons photographed outer space, being from the Earth at a distance of 6.12 billion kilometers. Thus, the record was broken of the Voyager-1, which took a snapshot of the space, having retired from our planet for 6.05 billion kilometers. This is reported on the website Phys.org.

New Horizons managed to capture several objects of the Kuiper Belt - the region of the Solar System, which is beyond the orbit of Neptune at a distance of 55 astronomical units (one astronomical unit equals the distance from the Sun to the Earth). The belt consists of small bodies, including ice, methane and ammonia, as well as dwarf planets, which include Pluto. The camera of the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) photographed the 2012 HZ84 and 2012 HE85, having received the image in the conventional colors.

It is expected that in 2019 New Horizons will reach the planetoid 2014 MU69 at a distance of 1.6 billion kilometers from Pluto in the Kuiper belt. The mission of New Horizons should be completed in the mid-2020s.

The mission of New Horizons is a NASA project. The cost of its implementation exceeds 600 million dollars. The device was launched into space on January 19, 2006 from the cosmodrome at Cape Canaveral on the Atlas V launch vehicle. The main task of New Horizons was to study Pluto and his companion Charon.
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