Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of planet Earth taken on February 14, 1990, by the Voyager 1 space probe from a record distance of about 6 billion kilometers.
Voyager 1, which had completed its primary mission and was leaving the Solar System, was commanded by NASA to turn its camera around and take one last photograph of Earth across a great expanse of space, at the request of astronomer and author Carl Sagan.
What Carl Sagan wrote about this picture is one of the most profound perspectives on the reality of our existence in this vast nothingness. A perspective which sets everything in the right place for humanity. That's all that is needed: A change in perspective. Here's what Sagan wrote: “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.” #onlyhome #perspective #carlsagan #nasa #cosmos #universe #earth #environment #astronomy #home #nothingness #blueplanet #palebluedot #voyager1 #solarsystem #humanity