For the 30th anniversary of the “Pale Blue Dot” image NASA commemorated this amazing feat with a release of the remastered image.
You probably know that the photo was taken by NASA‘s Voyager Probe – the rest of the planets cannot be seen but our home planet looks like a tiny blue pixel in the universe, and it’s mindblowing when you realize that the tiny dot is our home, the place where we live our hectic everyday lives with all of our dramas and happiness as well.
AOL reveals that two of the imaging scientists who had been working on the Voyager mission, Carl Sagan and Carolyn Porco, are the ones who are behind the Voyager taking this photo.
The snap was taken just before it shut down its cameras in order to conserve power.
“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us,” Carl Sagan said.
“Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us.” — Carl Sagan
A newly processed version of the iconic ‘Pale Blue Dot’ image shows Earth 4 billion miles away from @NASAVoyager.
— NASA (@NASA) February 12, 2020
Here are some of the comments that NASA’s tweet got.
Somoene believes that “Should made it mandatory to show Carl Sagans Cosmos at school and be reminded of that picture with his quote once in a while at the job. We humans are so missguided, distracted, so focused on totally unimportant or destructive things that we need some real perspective sometimes.”
Another Twitter user said: “Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark.”
Someone else wrote: “The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.”
It’s also important to reveal that the Voyager took about 60 pictures that were intended to produce a “solar system family portrait” according to the official website of the space agency.
It’s been revealed that Sagan was the one who pushed for the photo while the other members of the Voyager team said that this would not be providing any valuable scientific data.
“But Sagan, along with other members of the team felt it was necessary to have visuals to show Earth’s vulnerability in the grand scheme of things. They wanted people back home to understand that their world is just a tiny speck in a much larger space,” the online pubcalition notes.