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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

The Pale Blue Dot of Earth

Filed under pics of Earth by planetary missions, pretty pictures, Voyager 1 and 2, Earth, explaining science

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The Pale Blue Dot of Earth This image of Earth is one of 60 frames taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft on February 14, 1990 from a distance of more than 6 billion kilometers (4 billion miles) and about 32 degrees above the ecliptic plane. In the image the Earth is a mere point of light, a crescent only 0.12 pixel in size. Our planet was caught in the center of one of the scattered light rays resulting from taking the image so close to the Sun. This image is part of Voyager 1's final photographic assignment which captured family portraits of the Sun and planets.

NASA / JPL

Original image data dated on or about February 14, 1990

 

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