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The Pale Blue Dot

This is possibly my favorite quote from any book–fiction or otherwise.

Let me give a little context if you’re not familiar with it, though. On February 4, 1990, when Voyager 1 was exiting the Solar System and entering interstellar space, NASA commanded Voyager to turn its camera around and take one last photo of Earth. The photo was taken from 3. 7 billion miles away. Earth, about the size of a pixel, appears as a “pale blue dot.”

Four years later, Carl Sagan wrote about that pale blue dot in his book Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space. In light of everything going on in the world today, I believe this quote is as relevant as ever. So I’ll stop writing now and let Carl Sagan take it from here.

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  1. imade. #

    Carl Sagan ❤️

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    November 20, 2015
  2. Amen!

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    November 20, 2015
  3. Maria Ines Cavagnaro #

    If the photos were taken in 1990, and the book was written in 1997, it is seven years later and not four.

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    November 20, 2015
    • David #

      Really? That’s the point you focus on?

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      November 20, 2015
      • Maria Ines Cavagnaro #

        Of course not. Love Carl Sagan. Have read most of his books. The rest is pure Maths.

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        November 20, 2015
      • Niraj Shah #

        and carl sagan died in 1996.

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        August 9, 2016
  4. The Pale Blue Dot is where we reside. So full of emotions and wondrous things.
    What Carl Sagan said still applies to this day with the same emotion and fervor.
    Thank you so much for a great post of one of the people who inspires the girls so much!
    Here is something posted on his birthday:
    http://faradayscandle.com/carl-sagan-a-personal-voyage/
    Enjoy your weekend.

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    November 20, 2015
  5. Reblogged this on Norbert Haupt and commented:
    It’s time, once again, to think about the pale blue dot and particularly contemplate Sagan’s “rivers of blood” thought. We humans are killing each other for ideology. What an immense waste of life, and time, and energy. All while we’re floating there, on a tiny mote of dust, a speck of paradise, surrounded by the vast emptiness of the universe.

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    November 20, 2015
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    November 20, 2015
  7. The Earth is small and our existence on it tenuous. We need to remember that we are all in this as one, floating on a rock in space.

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    November 21, 2015
  8. Reblogged this on Ms M's Bookshelf and commented:
    Well, Robert is still making his way through Time’s 100 Greatest Books since 1923. I’m going to let him tell you about his favourite quote of all time and why it’s relevant and he’s going to share it with us. This is my Sunday Reblog. Enjoy!

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    November 21, 2015
  9. Reblogged this on J.p. / Dabbler / Dancer.

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    November 27, 2015
  10. This quote from 1997: long before our collective recent awareness of of extremism and terror.

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    December 2, 2015
  11. It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.

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    December 4, 2015
  12. Meghana #

    Among all the top mentioned books One Book for Life Success is the best inspirational book because i had already gone through this book.I got inspired & motivated through many concepts in this book.

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    December 21, 2015

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