New Horizons was about 3.79 billion miles (~6.12B km) from Earth when the photos were shot.
The images for "Pale Blue Dot" - part of a composite - were taken 3.75 billion miles away.
On December 5th, 2017, New Horizons turned its Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) to the galactic open star cluster known as the "Wishing Well" and took a shot.
'And now, we've been able to make images farther from Earth than any spacecraft in history'.
While en route to the Kuiper Belt and just two hours after taking the record-breaking routine calibration frame of the "Wishing Well", the spacecraft broke its own record by capturing images of the KBOs 2012 HZ84 and 2012 HE85. NASA says mission controllers will "bring the spacecraft out of its electronic slumber" this coming summer in anticipation of its next major close encounter, with an object known as 2014 MU69 on January 1, 2019. The false-color images of two of the observed objects - 2012 HZ84 and 2012 HE85 - are the farthest from Earth ever captured by a spacecraft.
Voyager 1's cameras were turned off shortly after that portrait, leaving its distance record unchallenged for more than 27 years.
NASA released the images this week.
"New Horizons just couldn't be better...we're bearing down on our flyby target", said lead scientist Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. These efforts could reveal much about the formation and evolution of the Solar System, and are setting records that are not likely to be broken for many more decades!
Artist's impression of New Horizons encountering a Pluto-like object in the distant Kuiper Belt.
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is making history again, this time one-upping the legendary Voyager 1.
Flight controllers at the lab will awaken the spacecraft in June (it's now in electronic hibernation) and start getting it ready for the flyby.
Getting the images to Earth is no easy task. But they're arguably among the most wonderful photographic images ever. Now, it's zipping along at more than 700,000 miles (1.1 million kilometers) each day - moving farther and farther out into our solar system. Besides analyzing MU69, New Horizons will also make observations of a dozen other objects including dwarf planets and "Centaurs", or objects with unstable orbits that float around in the Kuiper Belt.