NASA has released images from the Cassini Solstice mission -- that is currently orbiting the ringed gas giant Saturn -- depicting the distant dot of Earth and the moon from 900 million miles away. But this certainly isn't the first time the "Pale Blue Dot" has been spotted across the vastness of interplanetary space. Let's take a look back over the years from the earliest suborbital flights to the most famous Pale Blue Dot photograph of them all: from Voyager 1.
After the Second World War ended, the United States imported a number of Nazi V-2 missiles along with the scientists who had built them. These spoils of war found a home at the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, where the V-2s were used to launch animal and robotic payloads beginning in the mid 1940s. These rockets were the first to take pictures of our planet from space. This grainy, black-and-white image was taken on Oct. 24, 1946, from an altitude of 65 miles by a 35-millimeter motion picture camera.