The longest distance self-portrait.

by Self-Portrait of the Artist

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Taken 6 billion kilometers away from the human being that “pressed the shutter-release button,” this picture is at once the longest distance self-portrait and greatest group photograph ever shot.

Our home the Earth can be seen as the pale blue dot taking just a few pixels in the brown, bottommost sunbeam. (All images are as Hi-Resolution as you get, so you may zoom in and see for yourself.)

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The probe that took the picture on 14 February 1990, Voyager 1, also shot a wide-angle photo of the Sun (right) which NASA composed with narrow-angle photos of the Earth (left) and Venus (centre).

Below is another composite, yet wider, picture, known as Family Portrait or Portrait of the Planets, composed with the same mosaic technique.

Voyager 1 - Family portrait

Launched in 1977, Voyager 1 is the farthest man-made object from Earth, believed to be at the borders of the Solar System, if not already out of it.

As Carl Sagan, who campaigned for these pictures to be taken, suggestively commented, the pale blue dot, barely visible, is where “every human being who ever was, lived out their lives.”

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