The frame of the Wishing Well galactic star cluster, taken by the probe's Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) was taken when New Horizons was 3.79 billion miles from Earth. The photos were a test run, which is why the image on the right is a little bit off-center because the object wasn't quite where predicted. The neon green and blue images were snapped in false-color to make the objects more distinguishable to the human eye. There are only four spacecraft that have ever traveled that far from home: Voyager 1 and 2, and Pioneer 10 and 11.
The new image snapped by New Horizons was released by NASA on Thursday, February 8.
NASA says the New Horizons spacecraft is "healthy" and is now in hibernation.
"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.
The image at the top of the page is of several Kuiper Belt objects including some far-out dwarf planets and Centaurs, the space agency reports.
New Horizon's next target is a flyby through the Kuiper belt; hence, the latest images give an overview of what new destination of New Horizons. Its four predecessors did not send back images because their cameras were shut down before they got that far away. But the spacecraft is not dead yet.
The record was previously held by NASA's Voyager 1 when it captured the famous "Pale Blue Dot" image of Earth more than 27 years ago on Valentine's Day, 1990. Stern is the principal investigator of New Horizons mission. Then New Horizons started its journey towards Pluto, the dwarf planet.
It was most recently active between September and December 2017.
In 1994, United States astronomer Carl Sagan reflected on the significance of the photograph to an audience at Cornell University, famously coining its name as the Pale Blue Dot, and giving one of the most widely published speeches of all time. The spacecraft was at a distance of 6.12 billion kilometers (3.79 billion miles) when it captured the images.
But now, New Horizons mission is yet to finish as it travels at a speed of 1.1m km a day to reach its final objective: the observation of objects in the Kuiper-Edgeworth Belt which got underway a year ago. The images of the Kuiper Belt objects are the closest images ever of the belt's objects and, now, officially the farthest from Earth.