The Pale Blue Dot
The Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of planet Earth taken in 1990 by the Voyager 1 space probe from a record distance of about 3.7 billion miles, 40 AU, from Earth, as part of the solar system Family Portrait series of images. In the photograph, Earth is shown as a fraction of a pixel (0.12 pixel in size) against the vastness of space.
The Voyager 1 spacecraft, which had completed its primary mission and was leaving the Solar System, was commanded by NASA to turn its camera around and to take a photograph of Earth across a great expanse of space, at the request of Carl Sagan. The video featured here is from Neil deGrasse Tyson’s presentation of The Pale Blue Dot, taken from the season finale of Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey.
Narrated by Joaquin Phoenix and featuring music by the platinum artist Moby, EARTHLINGS chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit.