Pale Blue Dot, distance now?

Okay that image..The Pale Blue Dot. A truly amazing photograph of our planet taken in 1990 by the Voyager 1 spacecraft from a distance of about 3.7 billion miles from Earth, my first thought was at the time was "Where is the moon"?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pale_Blue_Dot

Now another has been taken from NASA's Juno spacecraft from 6Million miles away in Aug 2011. Now with the moon!!! yay!

http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/viewnews.php?...

The first image looked so much more distant to me than this one? either way truly AMAZING!!!!!!

How much further will it have travelled now? How long will it take till earth is no longer in view?

The universe trully rattles and amazes me wish we would discover something truly amazing soon, in our life times:D

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    From the NASA mission website for Voyager 1&2:

    The twin Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft continue exploring where nothing from Earth has flown before. In the 33rd year after their 1977 launches, they each are much farther away from Earth and the Sun than Pluto. Voyager 1 and 2 are now in the "Heliosheath" - the outermost layer of the heliosphere where the solar wind is slowed by the pressure of interstellar gas. Both spacecraft are still sending scientific information about their surroundings through the Deep Space Network (DSN).

    Voyager 1's:

    DISTANCE FROM EARTH

    17,938,575,170 KM

    119.91196858 AU

    DISTANCE FROM THE SUN

    17,965,112,223 KM

    120.08935782 AU

    ROUNDTRIP LIGHT TIME FROM THE SUN

    33:14:33 (hh:mm:ss)

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