The Pale Blue Dot
Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness, Kings Canyon National Park, California, 2007
In 1990, Voyager 1, the space probe launched in September 1977, took a photograph of Earth from 3,700,000,000 miles away, showing our planet as a pale blue dot against a vast emptiness. Carl Sagan, who requested the photo be made, later used the term as the title of his 1994 sequel to "Cosmos." While the scale is very different between that image and mine here, my feelings about the two are similar. At my favorite campsite, my pale blue tent stands as a tiny dot in the enormity of the Sierra Nevada. I made this image at sunset on our second night there, part of a 9-day trip through the basin in 2007. Photo © copyright by Greg Owens.