NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft captured one of the most epic images ever taken in planetary history on February 14, 1990. The moment, where Earth seemed to be suspended in sunbeam came to be known as ‘Pale Blue Dot’. On the occasion of the shot’s 30th anniversary, NASA has given the photo a makeover.
To commemorate 30 years of the significant moment, an engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California named, Kevin Gill has digitally reestablished the picture by means of an imaging processor, wrote NASA on its website.
Candy Hansen and William Kosmann, who helped plan the original, gave inputs in the course of image processing, reported Space.com.
Talking about the original photograph, Earth was observed as a miniscule speckle within a bright belt which was an effect of sunrays hitting the spaceship device. It was an assembly of images captured expending filters of three diverse colors. Therefore they named it ‘Pale Blue Dot’.
Scientist Carl Sagan led a campaign to encourage NASA for Voyager 1 to turn around and derive a shot from where the planet’s story began.
According to NASA, about 34 minutes post the NASA mission took-off, the spacecraft shut down camera so the probe could save power. Voyager 1 snapped an aggregate of 60 imageries featuring five additional planets and the sun when the image sequence was ongoing. NASA designated the 60-image-series as ‘The Family Portrait of the Solar System’.