The founding inspiration for Bluedot Ventures is taken from an excerpt in Carl Sagan's book Pale Blue DotSagan was inspired by an image taken, at his suggestion, by Voyager 1 on February 14, 1990.

As the spacecraft left our planetary neighbourhood for the fringes of the solar system, engineers turned it around for one last look at its home planet.

Voyager 1 was about 6.4 billion kilometres (4 billion miles) away, and approximately 32 degrees above the ecliptic plane, when it captured this portrait of our world.

pale blue dot

Caught in the centre of scattered light rays (a result of taking the picture so close to the Sun), Earth appears as a tiny point of light, a crescent only 0.12 pixel in size.

Sagan was so inspired by the image he wrote and recorded the following: