Pale Blue Dot

The Voyager 1 spacecraft was launched on 5 September, 1977 to carry a message out to the farthest reaches of space from us here on planet Earth. When it reached a distance of 4 billion miles, it looked back to find Earth and sent this picture:

Earth from 4,000,000,000 miles out

Of this image, Carl Sagan of blessed memory was to write:

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.