It is poetic that on Valentine’s Day in 1990 the Voyager 1 spacecraft swung its camera around while it rushed outward away from the Solar System and took a series of pictures it later sent back home. One of these became the famous Pale Blue Dot image, a picture of space that caught the light of the Sun at just the right second to make beams of light cross the image. One of the beams coincidentally highlights the most important feature, a small dot, barely distinguishable from a point of dust. That dot, however, was Earth, the only planet we know of that has intelligent life that celebrates anniversaries and holidays such as Valentines Day. So it is indeed poetic that this photo was taken on February 14th, for it shows all the people of humanity who ever fell in love.
So much can be said about the Pale Blue Dot, and why it is important Voyager took the picture, and as usual, the best for that job was one of the people who had a hand in making it happen; Carl Sagan. Click the link below to see a video of the Carl Sagan Tribute Series from Milky Way Musings on the subject of the Pale Blue Dot image. Remember also that the image exists because NASA built a craft to fly far from home to learn about all it could in our Solar System, and now beyond. A Penny4NASA would enable more amazing feats such as this, so let Congress know you support increased funding for NASA!
#WhatIsNASAFor? Humility and significance.