Sunday, July 22, 2018

Pale Blue Dot

 The image above the Pale Blue Dot earth is a bright pixel when photographed from Voyager 1 six billion kilometers out (beyond Pluto). Carl Sagan (November 9, 1934(b) – December 20, 1996(d)) the renowned American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator in astronomy and other natural sciences encouraged NASA to generate this image.

from Pale Blue Dot (1994)

These are the words from Carl Sagan, Cornell University lecture in 1994 regarding the Pale Blue Dot otherwise known as Earth. 

“On it, everyone you ever heard of...The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every 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.”

Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.”

By Kwame Adofo-Osei

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