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Carl Sagan’s The Pale Blue Dot

The Pale Blue Dot, in addition to being an excellent book, is a monumental picture taken in 1990 by the Voyager 1 space probe and was taken at the behest of Carl Sagan. The space probe snapped this picture 3.7 billion miles away from the Earth and beyond the orbits of Neptune and Pluto. While the picture may not look like much, with Earth taking up just a few pixels in this image, Sagan describes it as such:

Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there–on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

There are many videos that have been created with Sagan narrating the text above, but the video above is one of the more new and slicker versions created.

The Pale Blue Dot:

The Pale Blue Dot

And a more recent picture taken closer to home from the planet Saturn by the Cassini space probe:

The Pale Blue Dot

Personally, my favorite version:

I really miss Carl.

Published on May 7, 2014