The Pale Blue Dot
Have you ever heard about the Voyager program? Well there is Voyager 1 & there is Voyager 2, and they are both spacecraft that were launched together at the same time, with a mission to explore and probe space outside of the solar system. The probes were launched in 1977 at a time when the planets in the solar system were aligned. To this day the Voyager program is still going, with the probes on a mission to ‘Interstellar’ space. 😁
A generation before, an astronaut on the last Apollo flight to the Moon had taken a picture of the whole Earth, the planet as a world without borders. It became an icon of a new consciousness. Carl realized the next stepin this process. He convinced NASA to turn the Voyager 1 camera back towards Earth when the spacecraft went beyond Neptunefor one last look homeward at what he called… The Pale Blue Dot. If it were in my power, every person on the planet would read this. 🙂
“We succeeded in taking that 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…
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.”
There is more about it and you should google it. I don’t own the right about that The Pale Blue Dot picture, but here is one the highest pale blue pictures that I ever take until now. I hope that we can cooperate and colaborate together, for our life, on this Pale Blue dot. 😉👍