NASA released incredible images of dwarf planets

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According to a statement by NASA, the probe snapped a false-color image of a group of stars known as "Wishing Well" on December.

The picture shown above, a false-colour image of a Kuiper Belt object with the designation 2012 HZ84, is the most distant photo from Earth ever taken by a spacecraft.

The piano-sized probe then turned to the Kuiper Belt. Launched in 2006, the spacecraft made headlines in 2015 when its flyby of Pluto sent back vivid, high-definition images of the cold, icy dwarf planet that used to be but a smudge on telescopes.

For a short time, this New Horizons Long Range Reconnaissance Imager frame of the "Wishing Well" star cluster, taken December 5, 2017, was the farthest image ever made by a spacecraft, breaking a 27-year record set by Voyager 1.

In December - while 3.79 billion miles (6.12 billion kilometres) from Earth - the New Horizons spacecraft snapped a picture of a star cluster. The cluster photo surpassed the "Pale Blue Dot" images of Earth that NASA's Voyager 1 took back in 1990.

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New Horizons is the probe that flew by Pluto on July 14, 2015, and beamed back those awesome pictures.

Voyager 1 captured these images at a distance of 3.75 billion miles (6.06 billion km) from Earth. This is a TRANS-Neptunian object from the Kuiper belt makes one revolution around the Sun for 295 years.

Just two hours after breaking the almost three-decade-old record, New Horizons broke its own record, photographing two small KBOs, 2012 HZ84 and 2012 HE85 from an even more distant location. It is due to pass by an object there known as 2014 MU69 at the beginning of 2019.

"New Horizons has always been a mission of firsts-first to explore Pluto, first to explore the Kuiper Belt, fastest spacecraft ever launched", said Principal Investigator Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Boulder, Colorado.

New Horizons is sleeping now, resting up for its next big adventure. "The spacecraft also is making almost continuous measurements of the plasma, dust and neutral-gas environment along its path", it added. 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". Flight controllers at a Johns Hopkins University lab in Laurel, Maryland, will awaken the spacecraft in June and start getting it ready for the flyby.

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