How many spacecraft have taken a "Pale Blue Dot" type photo of the Earth from deep space?

A "Pale Blue Dot" type photo would be a photo of the earth from far away; for the purposes of this question it can be anything outside of cis-lunar space. See for example the NASA news article 'Pale Blue Dot' Images Turn 25 and the questionWhat is the brown band in which we find the pale blue dot that is Earth? for the original Pale Blue Dot image, and this great answer for more cool photos!

I have a random collection, there are quite a few in fact. If someone has or know of a complete list and can post it, that would be great. If this needs to be changed to a community wiki, that's fine. Ideally one sample image from each spacecraft would be super, maybe this has been done already somewhere?


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Cassini and Voyager 1 are the only ones to take a photo from the outer solar system.

From Mars, MRO, Curiosity, and Spirit all have.

From Mercury, MESSENGER did.

Deep Space- Deep Impact

If there are any others, I can't find them. Of course, many have taken them from the Moon, or in Earth lagrange points, or during flybys of the Earth, but for those, take a look at this Planetary Society list.

  • $\begingroup$ OK I'll take a look and try to find my old collection; I seem to remember that more than one space agency needs to be considered. $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Aug 31, 2017 at 3:13

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