“Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."
Here, in one place, are some photos of our home world taken by humans and robots from low Earth orbit and beyond.
That final picture remains the most distant picture of the Earth ever taken. Taken at the request of Carl Sagan, the Voyager 1 spacecraft captured a series of images which were stitched into Family Portrait of the major planets of the solar system:
The Voyager Portrait was from taken by a camera leaving the solar system and looking in towards home. A more recent portrait was assembled by the MESSENGER mission team, this time looking out from a vantage point the near the centre of the solar system:
Clearly, these images put our place in the solar system (and universe) into perspective! You don't have to travel too far before the Earth is rapidly scaled down from an entire planet with oceans, cities and people to less than a single bluish pixel before spacecraft have left the outer solar system,
I'll leave the final word to Carl Sagan, who said this about The Pale Blue Dot:
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Dr Adrian Jannetta. Amateur astronomer, maths teacher and science enthusiast.