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On December 5, New Horizons took a snap of a star cluster dubbed "Wishing well" and at that time it was nearly 3.79 billion miles (6.12 billion kilometers) away from Earth.

About two hours later, New Horizons later broke the record again with images of Kuiper Belt objects 2012 HZ84 and 2012 HE85.

Compare that achievement to Voyager 1, which was 3.75 billion miles (6.06 billion kilometers) from Earth when it took the famous "Pale Blue Dot" image of our home world on February 14, 1990.

This illustration provided by NASA shows the New Horizons spacecraft. The probe whipped past Pluto in 2015 and is headed to 2014 MU69 for an attempted 2019 flyby of the tiny icy world on the edge of the solar system
This record-breaking picture was taken from 6 billion km away

"New Horizons is in a very good trajectory to see a lot of these objects close up", said Simon Porter, an astrophysicist at Southwest Research Institute in Colorado and part of the New Horizons mission. For comparison, Voyager 1 was 3.75 billion miles from Earth when it captured the "Pale Blue Dot" image. Porter calculated when New Horizons could best observe the two Kuiper belt objects and helped schedule the images. On January 1, 2019, the probe will fly by a small, frozen world in the Kuiper Belt called 2014 MU69, which orbits a billion miles beyond Pluto.

New Horizons is now in electronic hibernation. Both are floating in the Kuiper Belt, an area on the edge of our solar system that NASA's spacecraft is now exploring.

New Horizons is an interplanetary space craft that was launched under NASA's New Frontiers Program in 2006 with the primary mission to perform a study on the Pluto system and Kuiper Belt objects. On Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, The Associated Press has found that stories circulating on the internet claiming Pluto has been officially reclassified as a planet are untrue.

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Since New Horizons is just the fifth spacecraft to speed beyond the outer planets, many of its activities have set distance records, too.

New Horizons flew past Pluto in 2015. He further said that now they have been able to make images farther from Earth than any spacecraft in history. It finished its primary mission with the Pluto flyby in 2015 and is now on an extended mission to explore the Kuiper Belt, helping the USA to complete its reconnaissance of our solar system.

"That tells us this object is going to have a lot of surprises in store for New Horizons", said Marc Buie, the New Horizons science team member from SwRI who led the observation campaign. According to NASA, the spacecraft is in hibernation mode until June 4, when mission controllers will bring it back online to start preparing it for its visit with MU69.

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The previous record holder for the farthest picture was NASA's Voyager 1.

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