Wednesday, May 25, 2011

...on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam

The famous "Pale Blue Dot" photo showing earth as seen from the edge of the solar system:

"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." Carl Sagan 

Also illustrated by the photo is the superiority of imagination over knowledge ... knowledge sent the Voyager to the edge of the solar system and beyond, but imagination (by Sagan) turned its camera toward earth to take this photo - perhaps one the most impact-full photos of all time.


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