Magnificent Images of Solar System Captured by Voyager 1 turn 25

Magnificent Images of Solar System Captured by Voyager 1 turn 25

It has been 25 years since one of the space history’s most iconic images were captured by NASA's Voyager mission.

Voyager 1 captured the first-ever images of earth from the outer space in February of 1990. The spacecraft took a number of magnificent images from its position just beyond Neptune, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory reported.

The portrait of images captured by the spacecraft included Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter, Earth and Venus. The agency said that the Red Planet could not be captured into the ‘family portrait’ as it was very close to the Sun.

Ed Stone, project scientist for the Voyager mission, based at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, said, “Twenty-five years ago, Voyager 1 looked back toward Earth and saw a 'pale blue dot,' " an image that continues to inspire wonderment about the spot we call home”.

According to experts, the images referred to in the title of Carl Sagan's 1994 book ‘Pale Blue Dot’ were among some of the last images taken by Voyager 1. Soon after it, the mission specialists turned off the cameras and put the spacecraft under computer control.

Voyager 1 is still operating today, said experts. They also said that when these images were captured, the spacecraft was at a distance of 40 astronomical units from the sun (one astronomical unit is 93 million miles).

The spacecraft has now reached at a distance of 130 astronomical units and is the farthest man-made objects from Earth.

In addition, if the spacecraft would again take images of earth, the planet would appear 10 times dimmer than it appeared in 1990 images.

Although the images were taken 25 years ago on 1990’s Valentine Day, the spacecraft was busy exploring the outer planets of our solar system (and beyond) since 1977, said experts.

If one wants to know more about the Voyager mission, NASA has an official site which keeps a track of current news and findings.

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