It’s the silver anniversary of the 'Pale Blue Dot' photograph

February 16, 2015 9:59 PM

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It’s the silver anniversary of the 'Pale Blue Dot' photograph

On February 14, 1990, this was twenty-five years ago, that NASA’s Voyager, a space probe, captured one of the most important images of all time. The Voyager 1 spacecraft turned back towards the Earth, and captured the first image of Earth taken from a distance of 3.7 billion miles (6 billion kilometers). The image was dubbed The Pale Blue Dot.

Called “family portrait”, the image captured Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter, Earth and Venus from Voyager 1′s unique vantage point. Some family members were missing: Mars had little sunlight, Mercury was too close to the sun, and dwarf planet Pluto turned out too dim.

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