Thirty years have now passed since the Voyager 1 spacecraft
snapped one of the most iconic and memorable pictures in spaceflight history. Known
as the “Pale Blue Dot,” the heart-rending view shows planet Earth as a single,
bright blue pixel in the vastness of space, as seen from the outer reaches of
the solar system.

Now, NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have provided a
new and improved version, using state of the art image-processing software and
techniques to reprocess the thirty-year-old image. JPL software engineer and
image processor Kevin Gill, whose images we feature often on Universe Today,
led the effort.

“I’m very happy with how it came out and proud to be able to
share it,” Gill said. “I was incredibly honored to get to work on these
historic images.”

The original”pale blue dot” of Earth captured by Voyager 1 in Feb. 1990 (NASA/JPL)

The original image was obtained on Feb. 14, 1990. Rays of
sunlight scattered within the camera optics stretch across the scene, and one
ray dramatically intersects with Earth, making it appear as a “mote of dust

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