Today, the spacecraft is located at a really significant distance from the Earth and represents one of the most distant and priority at the same time interesting projects for further improvement. Specifically, the NASA research team reported on what exactly the spacecraft is currently doing in the outer segment of space, and this set of tasks represents something truly promising.
As New Horizons traveled through the solar system, the distance from the ship to Earth increased from millions to billions of miles, and the time between contacts increased from minutes to hours. In April, the mission reached a rare milestone in deep space – 50 astronomical units from the Sun (this is 50 times farther from the Sun than Earth).
New Horizons is only the fifth spacecraft to reach such a vast distance after the legendary Voyager 1 and 2 and their predecessors, Pioneers 10 and 11. It is at a distance of 7.5 billion kilometers.
To mark the occasion, New Horizons recently photographed a starfield where one of its distant cousins, Voyager 1, is.
New Horizons is an American automatic interplanetary station (AMS) launched as part of NASA’s New Frontiers program. The main mission was to study Pluto and its natural satellite Charon.
The launch was carried out on January 19, 2006, the device performed a flyby of Jupiter (with a gravitational maneuver in its gravitational field) in 2007 and a scientific program for the study of Pluto in 2015. At the beginning of 2019, the objects of the Kuiper belt were studied, and in April 2020, New Horizons was used to clarify the distance to the stars Wolf 359 and Proxima Centauri. The full research program for New Horizons is designed for 15-17 years.