Pale Blue Dot

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    On July 2, 1990, as the Voyager 1 spacecraft was 6.4 billion miles from home and departing the solar system, it turned around and took one final photograph. Below is the “pale blue dot” photo taken by Voyager 1:

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    At the time the image was published, Carl Sagan (1934 – 1996) remarked:

    "We succeeded in taking this picture, and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. 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.

    The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light.

    Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity--in all this vastness--there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us.

    It's been said that Astronomy is a humbling, and I might add, a character-building experience. To my mind, 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 and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."


    The image as originally presented:

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    I love photos from outerspace.........I have the NASA Channel (I know totally geeky) and I was watching hoping they would post some recent pictures, but so far nothing :(
     
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    ...think of all the whiney liberals who fuss and scream and cry because the REST of the world won't adapt to THEIR way of thinking.... ;)

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    I feel so small and insignificant now...
     
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    That could be because I am the center of the Universe....

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    You are at that :bow2: lOL
     
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    But you are larger than life here..............LOL ;)
     
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    I wish you were saying that in the way that I heard it...

    Bonnie's hot!!!!!!!
     
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    LOL....Darin your a pill :D
     
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