NASA has shared an historic image showing the earth as you’ve never seen it before.
The photo was taken from a staggering distance of 3.79 billion miles - making it the longest-range photo ever taken of our planet.
It was captured by the space agency’s Long Range Reconnaissance Imager, a telescopic camera designed for a Pluto fly-by mission by the New Horizons craft.
The previous record for the furthest distance to capture planet earth from dates back to 1990, when Voyage 1 captured the famous “Pale Blue Dot” image from 3.75 billion miles away.
See this image? It's the farthest image from Earth ever taken! Our @NASANewHorizons spacecraft – which is on its way to the distant, icy Kuiper Belt – took this image of objects in that region on Dec. 5 when it was 3.79 billion miles from our home planet: https://t.co/K8BOFWB6Oj pic.twitter.com/VhwInKxhUZ— NASA (@NASA) February 8, 2018
The craft’s cameras were switched off shortly after the image was captured – leaving the record unbroken until LRRI’s image on December 5 last year.
NASA released the record-breaking image today as its craft hurtles through space covering 700,000 miles a day.
The craft has now entered into “hibernation”. Mission controllers at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, US, will bring the spacecraft out of its electronic slumber on June 4 in preparation for the next stage of its mission.