Pale Blue Dot
Neptune and Triton
“With this image, Voyager captured the extent of our knowledge from exactly 100 years ago, and from a vantage point I’m sure both Holst and Slipher would have been thrilled to see,” Hall said. “We would do well to consider it today and to wonder what the analogous image of 2112 will be!”
"It was iconic for the environmental movement," said astronomer Jill Tarter, co-founder of the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute. "It allowed us to see ourselves as Earthlings living on a single, fragile, beautiful planet. This perspective is even more important today, many of the challenges we face require long-term thinking and global cooperation; they do not respect national boundaries."
Earth From Mars
It was chosen by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek of MIT, who said it is "actually far from beautiful," but that he finds it "meaningful and deeply moving."
Crescent Neptune & Triton
"There's no false color, no artifice, no agenda," Laughlin said. "This photograph is calming, mysterious and aesthetically perfect."
"When we first started getting data, after years of work on building the SDO instruments and spacecraft, launching SDO, and early ops, we took our first images and this is what we saw with AIA, [SDO's Atmospheric Imaging Assembly]," said SDO deputy project scientist Phillip Chamberlin. "Absolutely amazing."
Allen Telescope Array
Earth Seen From Saturn
"This is the best destination to search for life," Marcy wrote. Astronomers think the geyers could indicate Enceladus harbors an ocean of water buried underneath its surface, which might support microbial life.