The Pale Blue Dot

Carl Sagans famous Pale Blue Dot speech leaves me with a sense of wonder every single time I hear it, and I’ve listened to it many times.

The “Pale Blue Dot” refers to a photograph of planet Earth taken on February 14, 1990, by the Voyager 1 space probe from a record distance of about 6 billion kilometers.

From Wikipedia: “Voyager 1, which had completed its primary mission and was leaving the Solar System, was commanded by NASA to turn its camera around and take one last photograph of Earth across a great expanse of space, at the request of astronomer and author Carl Sagan.”

Now listen to the speech and be amazed about your life on this earth.

“From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it’s different. Consider again 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 the mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.” – Carl Sagan

Author: Daniel Sjöberg

Daniel är en entreprenör, skogsman och friboren bonde på en egen liten gård i Norrland. Intar stora mängder svart kaffe.

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