Earth, The Pale Blue Dot

From Saturn, Earth would appear too small for Voyager spacecraft to make out any detail. Our planet would be just a lonely point of light. That pale dot, that’s home. That’s us. Earth is a grain of sand in the vast cosmic arena.   Carl Sagan pointed out that “all of human history has happened on that tiny pixel (shown here inside a blue circle), which is our only home” (speech at Cornell University, October 13, 1994.)    Watch the amazing video

The picture was taken by Voyager 1 using the Voyager imaging science subsystem’s narrow-angle.



Image credit: Wikimedia

After taking the Family Portrait images including the Pale Blue Dot, NASA mission managers commanded Voyager 1 to power its camera down as the spacecraft was not going to fly near anything else of significance in the near future, and other instruments that were still collecting data needed power for the long journey to interstellar space.

The pale blue dot.

An excerpt from Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space.



The video was produced by David Fu.