Natasha Lucas
Graphic Designer


Pale Blue Dot
A Designed Response

A celebration of Carl Sagan’s writing in response to the Voyager mission.



The Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of planet Earth taken on 14 Febuary 1990 by the Voyager 1 space probe from a record distance of about 3.7 billion miles. Voyager 1, which had completed its primary mission and was leaving the Solar System, had been commanded by NASA, at the request of astronomer and author Carl Sagan, to turn its camera around and take one last photograph of Earth across the great expanse of space.

This collection of booklets is a compilation of Carl Sagan’s book ‘The Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space’. 11 out of 22 chapters have been selected and edited from the full text to give the reader a thought-provoking account of Sagan’s writing on the Voyager mission and his ideas surrounding the Pale Blue Dot image. He argues that humans are born with a certain self-importance. Voyager has altered our perception of where we stand and challenges us to reconsider that conceit.

The booklets are purple green and blue to reflect the colour filters that were employed to create the image of the Pale Blue Dot. The first and last booklets are gold to distinguish them from the writings of Sagan.