"Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us." – Carl Sagan
The iconic Pale Blue Dot is an image of Earth taken from approximately 4 billion miles (6 billion kilometers) away by NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft on February 14, 1990. Earth is captured as a tiny speck in a beam of scattered sunlight, inspiring Carl Sagan to think about the fragility and uniqueness of our home planet, "a pale blue dot. Earth lies right in the center of one of the scattered light rays resulting from taking the image so close to the Sun. In celebration of the 30th anniversary of one of the most iconic images of Earth, NASA processed a new version of Voyager’s "Pale Blue Dot." Voyager 1 reached interstellar space in August 2012 and is the most distant human-made object in existence. Watch the video to learn more.
The picture of the Earth and Moon in a single frame, the first of its kind ever taken by a spacecraft, was recorded September 18, 1977, by NASA's Voyager 1 when it was 7.25 million miles (11.66 million kilometers) from Earth.