One can be forgiven for mistaking this swirling masterpiece for a close-up crop from Edvard Munch, or perhaps a Kandinsky detail. But in actual fact it is a photo taken of Jupiter by an unsung hero in landscape photography, Voyager 1. Launched (born) on this day, the 5th of September 1977, Voyager 1 returned mesmerising photos of our giant planetary brothers and sisters, so also their moons, before eventually leaving our solar system to spend it’s remaining days in interstellar space.
And as far as spectacular family portraits go, Voyager surely takes the cake, having taken a Planetary Solar System „Family Portrait“ from around 6 billion kilometers from Earth. You can view that photo here.
Voyager’s other significant connection with photography is of course the fact that it holds a golden record carrying, among other things, photos of earth and it’s life forms. Photos now forever drifting in the great gallery of the sky. See those photos here