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"The Pale Blue Dot: A Glimpse into the Eternal Mystery of Our Planet" In the vastness of space

Background imagePlanet Collection: Pale Blue Dot, Voyager 1

Pale Blue Dot, Voyager 1
This unique narrow-angle color image is of the Earth, dubbed Pale Blue Dot, is a part of the first ever portrait of the solar system taken by Voyager 1

Background imagePlanet Collection: The Blue Marble - Earth from space, December 7, 1972. Creator: NASA

The Blue Marble - Earth from space, December 7, 1972. Creator: NASA
The Blue Marble - Earth from space, December 7, 1972. This famous photograph, known as The Blue Marble, was captured by the Apollo 17 astronauts on the same day that they left Earth on a Saturn V

Background imagePlanet Collection: Earthrise over Moon, Apollo 8

Earthrise over Moon, Apollo 8. This famous image, one of the first of the Earth seen from another world, was taken by US astronauts on board the Apollo 8 spacecraft on 24th December 1968 as they

Background imagePlanet Collection: Flat Earth map of the world showing it to be a plane

Flat Earth map of the world showing it to be a plane
A MAP OF THE WORLD SHOWING IT TO BE A PLANE - and those of us who suppose it to be a globe are clearly mistaken. Date: 1893

Background imagePlanet Collection: Earthrise photograph, artwork

Earthrise photograph, artwork
Earthrise photograph. Artwork based on the famous Earthrise photographs taken by the Apollo 8 astronauts Frank Borman and William Anders

Background imagePlanet Collection: International Space Station, 2008

International Space Station, 2008
International Space Station (ISS), February 2008, taken from the Space Shuttle Atlantis after undocking took place towards the end of the Shuttles mission to the ISS

Background imagePlanet Collection: Moon rising over Earths horizon

Moon rising over Earths horizon, composite image. The blue haze of Earths atmosphere can be seen above the horizon. Earth is thought to be the only planet in the solar system that can support life

Background imagePlanet Collection: Solar system planets

Solar system planets. Artwork showing the Sun (left) and the eight planets of the solar system and their orbits. From left to right they are: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn

Background imagePlanet Collection: Whole Earth at night, satellite image

Whole Earth at night, satellite image
Whole Earth map at night, satellite image. Here, Africa is seen at centre. City lights (yellow) of increasing intensity show areas of increasing population

Background imagePlanet Collection: Voyager I composite of Saturn & six of its moons

Voyager I composite of Saturn & six of its moons
Voyager 1 composite image of Saturn & six of its moons superimposed on a painted starry sky background. The moon seen large at bottom left is Dione, followed clockwise by Enceladus, Rhea

Background imagePlanet Collection: Solar System, artwork

Solar System, artwork
Solar System. Artwork of Earths solar system, showing the planets and other objects that orbit the Sun (upper right). The separations of the orbits are not shown to scale

Background imagePlanet Collection: Sizes of Solar System planets compared

Sizes of Solar System planets compared
Planets of the Solar System. The eight planets of the Solar System are shown in this artwork at their correct relative sizes

Background imagePlanet Collection: sisyphus

sisyphus
Jeffrey Hummel

Background imagePlanet Collection: Earth from space, satellite image

Earth from space, satellite image
Earth from space. Satellite image showing North and South America as seen from 35, 000 kilometres above the Earths surface. North is at top and the Moon is at upper right

Background imagePlanet Collection: Jupiter and Io, New Horizons image

Jupiter and Io, New Horizons image
Jupiter and Io. Montage of images of Jupiter (left) and its moon Io (right), obtained by the New Horizons spacecraft in February and March 2007 as it passed Jupiter on its way to Pluto

Background imagePlanet Collection: Neptune, Voyager 2 image

Neptune, Voyager 2 image
Neptune. Neptune is a gas giant, composed mostly of hydrogen and helium with some methane. Seen at centre is the Great Dark Spot, thought to be a hole in the methane cloud deck of Neptune

Background imagePlanet Collection: Curiosity rover, artwork

Curiosity rover, artwork
NASAs next Mars rover, the Curiosity Rover, will land at the foot of a layered mountain inside the planets Gale Crater. Launch is palneed for November/ December 2011

Background imagePlanet Collection: Europe at night, satellite image

Europe at night, satellite image. City lights (yellow) show areas of dense population. There are few lights in North Africa (bottom) and the Arctic (top) since they are more sparsely populated

Background imagePlanet Collection: Hollow Earth

Hollow Earth
THE HOLLOW EARTH Neuperts model

Background imagePlanet Collection: Saturn in natural color, photographed by Cassini

Saturn in natural color, photographed by Cassini
Saturn. Sixth planet from the Sun. Photograph taken by the Cassini-Huygens

Background imagePlanet Collection: Ocean currents off the Americas

Ocean currents off the Americas. Satellite-based graphic showing ocean currents (swirling coloured lines) on an Earth globe centred on the Americas

Background imagePlanet Collection: Rising Earth about five degrees above the lunar horizon

Rising Earth about five degrees above the lunar horizon
This December, 1968 NASA file image shows the rising Earth is about five degrees above the lunar horizon in this telephoto view taken from the Apollo 8 spacecraft

Background imagePlanet Collection: Solar system

Solar system. Composite computer artwork of the nine planets of the solar system that orbit the Sun (far right). In order of their distance from the Sun and anticlockwise from top right they are

Background imagePlanet Collection: Alexei Leonov, first space walk, 1965

Alexei Leonov, first space walk, 1965
First space walk. Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov (born 1934), outside the Voskhod 2 spacecraft in a spacesuit on 18 March 1965, while orbiting the Earth (in the background)

Background imagePlanet Collection: Earth view of the planet Venus with the Moon

Earth view of the planet Venus with the Moon
Venus. Venus (at upper right) with the Moon (at lower right) as seen from Earth. The constellation of the Pleiades or Seven Sisters is at top centre

Background imagePlanet Collection: Solar system planets

Solar system planets. Computer artwork of the eight planets of the solar system, which are arrayed from left to right in order of distance from the Sun (left)

Background imagePlanet Collection: Charles Darwin, British naturalist

Charles Darwin, British naturalist
Charles Darwin (1809-1882), British naturalist. Darwin had briefly studied medicine and then trained in the clergy, but his interest was in natural history

Background imagePlanet Collection: North America at night, satellite image

North America at night, satellite image
Africa at night. Satellite image of the Earth at night, set against a background of stars, centred on the continent of Africa. North is at top. City lights (yellow) show areas of dense population

Background imagePlanet Collection: Earth, topographic and bathymetric map

Earth, topographic and bathymetric map. This whole Earth map is centred on the Greenwich meridian, at zero degrees latitude

Background imagePlanet Collection: Saturns rings, Cassini image

Saturns rings, Cassini image. The rings consist of particles of nearly pure water ice and meteoric dust and span almost 300, 000 kilometres

Background imagePlanet Collection: astronomy, balance, dramatic, eternal, eternity, everlasting, globe, mysterious, nasa

astronomy, balance, dramatic, eternal, eternity, everlasting, globe, mysterious, nasa
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Background imagePlanet Collection: Neptune seen from its tiny, distant moon, Nereid

Neptune seen from its tiny, distant moon, Nereid

Background imagePlanet Collection: Epicycles of Mercury and Venus, 1823 C017 / 8061

Epicycles of Mercury and Venus, 1823 C017 / 8061
Epicycles of Mercury and Venus, 19th-century diagram. This geocentric (Earth-centred) model shows the orbits of Mercury and Venus as a series of epicycles (loops)

Background imagePlanet Collection: Martian landscape, Spirit rover image

Martian landscape, Spirit rover image
Martian landscape. False-colour image of the Martian surface taken by NASAs Mars exploration rover Spirit between the 23rd and 24th November 2005. Part of the rover can be seen at bottom centre

Background imagePlanet Collection: Venera 13 photos of surface of Venus

Venera 13 photos of surface of Venus

Background imagePlanet Collection: Aurora over Antarctica, satellite image

Aurora over Antarctica, satellite image
Aurora over Antarctica, ultraviolet satellite image. Australia is at upper left. This is the aurora australis (green ring), the southern lights display

Background imagePlanet Collection: Earth

Earth. Satellite image of the Earth, centred on Antarctica. The South Pole is at centre. Water is blue, vegetation is green, arid areas are brown, and snow and ice are white

Background imagePlanet Collection: Saturn, Cassini image

Saturn, Cassini image
Saturn. Cassini spacecraft image of Saturn, its rings, and two of its moons Titan (upper right) and Tethys (bottom left). The rings, which consist of particles of nearly pure water ice

Background imagePlanet Collection: Jupiter from Europa, artwork

Jupiter from Europa, artwork
Jupiter from Europa. Computer artwork of a view towards Jupiter and its moons, across the surface of Europa as it might have looked four billion years ago

Background imagePlanet Collection: Apollo spacecraft at the Moon, artwork

Apollo spacecraft at the Moon, artwork
Apollo spacecraft at the Moon. Artwork of the Apollo Lunar Module (LM, left, gold) and the Apollo Command/Service Module (CSM, right, grey) at the Moon, with the Earth in the background

Background imagePlanet Collection: Depiction of a flat planet Earth

Depiction of a flat planet Earth, with curious little wheels for the ships to go round without (hopefully) falling off into space

Background imagePlanet Collection: CELLARIUS, Andreas (1596-1665). Atlas Coelestis

CELLARIUS, Andreas (1596-1665). Atlas Coelestis seu Harmonia Macrocosmica. 1661. Fol 24. Hemisphaerium stellatum boreale antiquum. Representation of the Northern Hemisphere

Background imagePlanet Collection: Poster design, Chicago Worlds Fair 1933

Poster design, Chicago Worlds Fair 1933, featuring a classical figure with arms raised, holding a model of the city. Date: 1933

Background imagePlanet Collection: Planet uranus, front view

Planet uranus, front view

Background imagePlanet Collection: Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn and and its moon Titan

Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn and and its moon Titan

Background imagePlanet Collection: International space station and shuttle F008 / 3216

International space station and shuttle F008 / 3216
International space station and shuttle, artwork

Background imagePlanet Collection: Voyager 1 photo of Jupiter

Voyager 1 photo of Jupiter
Jupiter. Voyager 1 spacecraft photograph of the planet Jupiter. The picture was taken on 17 January 1979 from a distance of 47 million kilometres (29 million miles)

Background imagePlanet Collection: Image of Jupiter taken with the Hubble Telescope

Image of Jupiter taken with the Hubble Telescope
Jupiter as seen from the Hubble Space Telescopes planetary camera on May 28th 1991. This image is a composite of three exposures taken with different filters aimed at studying the dynamics of



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"The Pale Blue Dot: A Glimpse into the Eternal Mystery of Our Planet" In the vastness of space, a tiny speck called Earth emerges as a dramatic balance between eternity and everlasting change. As Voyager 1 captured the iconic image of our planet from afar, known as the Pale Blue Dot, we were reminded of our place in the cosmos. The Earthrise over Moon photograph taken by Apollo 8 further deepened our understanding of this mysterious globe we call home. Contrasting beliefs have emerged throughout history, with some even suggesting that our world is nothing more than a flat plane. Yet, when confronted with the breathtaking Earthrise artwork or witnessing its rising silhouette above the lunar horizon, it becomes undeniable that our planet is part of an awe-inspiring solar system. Nestled within this celestial arrangement are planets like Neptune, which Voyager 2 unveiled through its lens. And who can forget Voyager 1's composite image showcasing Saturn and six moons? These glimpses into distant worlds remind us that there is so much more to explore beyond our own backyard. As we contemplate astronomy and navigate NASA's discoveries, we come to appreciate both the grandeur and fragility of our planet. From satellite images revealing the Whole Earth at night to artworks depicting our Solar System's beauty, every perspective adds another layer to its ever-evolving story. The sizes of Solar System planets compared showcase their diversity – from gas giants like Jupiter to rocky terrains like Mars – each holding its own secrets waiting for us to uncover, and is through these explorations that humanity seeks answers about existence itself. So let us marvel at this pale blue dot floating in space - an eternal reminder that despite all odds against life's emergence in such abundance on Earth; here we stand united as one species on a journey towards understanding ourselves and unraveling nature's mysteries.