1. On this day in 1977, the flyby spacecraft Voyager 1 took the first picture of the Earth and its Moon together. Voyager I is currently the farthest man made object from Earth, in the Heliosheath (the outermost layer of the Heliosphere) and will be leaving our solar system to enter interstellar space soon. The craft is notable for many iconic astronomic photographs including the first shots of Jupiter, Saturn and their moons. In 1990, Voyager 1 took a photograph of the planet Earth from 6 billion kilometers away — the edge of our solar system, rendering the planet as a faint dot only 0.12 of a pixel in size. The photograph, dubbed The Pale Blue Dot, was taken at the request of Carl Sagan, who later titled his 1994 book after it and wrote the following passage:

    “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.”

     
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