A Mote of Dust Suspended in a Sunbeam…

23 04 2009

  this picture stunned astronomy. NASA sent out Voyager 1 into space in 1990. when it was nearly 4 billion miles away from the earth just outside our solar system, they told it to turn around and take some pictures. it just so happened to take a picture of Earth…

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“We succeeded in taking that picture [from deep space], 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… 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.”  – Carl Sagan (atheist astronomer)

Happy Earth Day

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