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Our Pale Blue Dot http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pale_Blue_Dot
Perhaps you've seen this view of Earth before. Dubbed the "pale blue dot" by astronomer Carl
Sagan, it shows how Earth looked to the Voyager spacecraft when the spacecraft was 6.4 billion
kilometers away. And perhaps you've read the famous passage this image inspired from Sagan.
"That's here, that's home, that's us," he wrote. "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."
See the Pale Blue Dot image at
Read an early draft of Sagan's famous pale blue dot passage from the Atlantic at
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Remembering Carl Sagan
“The Earth is where we make our stand... our Pale Blue Dot, suspended in a sunbeam.”
“For us it is to cherish and protect the only home we've ever known...”
“Look at how thin our atmosphere is. This is all there is between humankind and deadly space.”
A “thin atmospheric layer” enabling life as we know it ...
We are just beginning to geo-monitor our thin atmosphere, earth and biosphere from space ...
Beginning with first-ever images of our home planet, Earth, taken from the Apollo era ...
We are now flying eyes-in-the-sky, earth-monitoring producing first-generation data and
#sustainability realizations, #EarthPOV that, over time, will educate and inform us.
Soon, each of us will be able to learn new ways of seeing as “citizens of the planet”
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