Iconic ‘Pale Blue Dot’ image celebrates 25th anniversary: Voyager 1 still on the move

February 17, 2015 2:33 AM

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At the urging of astrophysicist Carl Sagan, head of the Voyager 1 imaging team, the spacecraft that had visited Jupiter and Saturn turned itself around and took the most distant photograph of the Earth, which has come to be known as the “Pale Blue Dot,” on February 14, 1990.

Voyager 1 was four billion miles from the Sun and 3.7 billion miles from Earth when it captured the 0.12-pixel image of a tiny Earth juxtaposed against the vast darkness of space 25 years ago.

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