The Pale Blue Dot

The Pale Blue Dot

This is a photograph of Earth taken from the edge of the Solar System i.e. from a distance of 6 billion kilometers by the Voyager 1 Spacecraft on the Valentine’s Day of 1990.

The best quote that I have heard on this picture was by Carl Sagan, who has written in his book ‘Pale Blue Dot’…

‘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.’

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About Panchi

Residing in the Solar System (Milky Way), lost in the beauty of Nature and the vastness of Universe, I am just another Earthling trying to make sense of life!
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