About two hours later, New Horizons later broke the record again with images of Kuiper Belt objects 2012 HZ84 and 2012 HE85.
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 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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South Korea's KOPSI was also down 2% at 2,355.75, while Australia's benchmark ASX tumbled 1.6% to 5,797 in the opening session. Japan's Nikkei dropped 2.9 percent, heading for a weekly loss of 8.6 percent - its biggest since February 2016.
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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Sticking points could include concerns over possible prosecution for corruption allegations that remain against Zuma. If the committee agrees to recall Mr Zuma, the BBC's Andrew Harding says, it would be very hard for him to resist.
The previous record holder for the farthest picture was NASA's Voyager 1.
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The EIA also forecast that US output will average 10.6 million bpd this year, enough to continue surpassing Saudi Arabian output. The political mayhem involving the royals of Saudi Arabia in November of a year ago led to a steep rally in crude-oil prices.