“Just So Science” – Sagantastic

By Elf Eldridge 22/07/2011 6


This week I was fortunate enough to stumble onto this gorgeous image taken by the Voyager 1 satellite in 1990. By the request of physicist Carl Sagan, the camera were turned around for one last shot of Earth before the rest of Voyager’s epic journey which, as of 2011, has bought it to the heliopause, the edge of reach of Sol‘s solar wind. Sagan’s description of the image is one of the most humbling pieces of prose I have ever read, and is one of my favourite passages of all time!

Pale Blue Dot
Pale Blue Dot - the Earth is that tiny dot on the right hand side that you can barely see!

‘…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.’ – Carl Sagan

Enjoy your weekend everyone!


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