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Get your Sagan on with these 23 awe-inspiring photos of the final frontier

From the early, grainy images of the Martian surface taken by Mariner 4 to humanity’s first up-close look at Charon, photographs of our celestial neighbors and those lightyears away have long-since filled us with a since of wonder.

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Fortunately, some of the most sophisticated imaging technology is currently faring the infinite void, transmitting breath-taking images of the final frontier back to earth for our gawking pleasure. Here are 18 photos of space to help you put this Pale Blue Dot in perspective…