Throughout our history of space exploration, images showing us distant worlds have been just as instrumental as the images showing our world from a distance. The Cassini and Voyager Spacecraft has taken some of most memorable pictures of our little world the outer solar system. When we face the Earth from the other side, we still get a fantastic view. Here, we see the Earth and the Moon as seen from a distance of 114-million miles, or 183-million kilometers.
This picture, reminiscent of the famous ‘pale blue dot’ image captured by Voyager 1, shows our small, fragile world drifting through the vastness of space with its companion. MESSENGER, while exploring the region of space between the Earth and the Sun, turned its camera towards our special dot and sent back this snapshot of reality. For reference, the average Earth-Sun distance is about 93-million miles (150-million kilometers).
This image was taken in May of 2010. Using that fact, everyone reading this post today can be found somewhere on that little spec, along with everyone you currently know (assuming they are at least 3), living out their normal day-to-day life. Can you see yourself?