Voyager’s last backwards glimpse before going forward

Friday, 21 September, 2012

Earth and Moon seen from Voyager 1, via NASA

NASA space probe Voyager 1 has, by all accounts, left the solar system and is now venturing through deep space towards a red dwarf star called Gliese 445, where it should, all going well, arrive in about 38,000 years.

And who knows, should Gliese 445 host a suitable planet, it may one day end up becoming home to humanity in the long distant future, but that’s a whole other story.

The above photo (it’s actually made up of three images) of our current home planet, and the Moon, was taken by Voyager 1 on 18 September 1977, soon after commencing its epic journey.

There’s no place like home, no?

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