NASA’s Voyager 1 probe captured the famous “Pale Blue Dot” image on February 14, 1990, showing the Earth hovering in the dark background of the solar system, a small speck in space, according tomedia CNET. The spacecraft was launched in 1977, 3.7 billion miles (6 billion kilometers) from the sun.
To mark the 30th anniversary of the image, NASA recreated the image, which is called the “Dark Blue Dot.” “The updated images use modern image processing software and technology while respecting the mission’s intent at the time,” NASA said in a statement Wednesday. “
Shortly after taking a series of images called “Family Portrait of the Solar System,” NASA shut down Voyager 1’s camera system to save power. Over the years, Voyager 1 has been exploring the universe. It entered interstellar space in 2012.
Inspired by this photograph, Dr. Carl Sagan, a famous American astronomer, wrote the book of the same name, Dark Blue Dot, in 1994. “It’s here,” Sagan wrote. That’s our home, everything we have. Everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you’ve heard of, everyone you’ve ever had, who’s spent their lives on it…”