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Pale Blue Dot – Remembering the Vision of Carl Sagan

July 18, 2013 on 7:57 am | In History and Beliefs, Intuition, Musings | No Comments

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In February 2007, in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the death of Carl Sagan, a video appeared on You Tube by an Irish artist Ice Core Scientist called Pale Blue Dot.

As Voyager reached the edge of our Solar System in 1991, the late astonomer Carl Sagan suggested that they instruct the craft to take a parting shot of Earth. The image that was sent back of a small blue speck caught in a sunbeam moved Dr Sagan along with his wife Ann Druyan to write a book entitled Pale Blue Dot : A vision of the Human Future in Space.

Part of the book includes a profound philosophical essay read by Dr Sagan at a commencement address shortly before he died in 1996. These words made it to the front page of You Tube when the Editors chose to feature Ice Core Scientist’s video in June 2007.

This was followed by another video by YouTuber Darknlooking [ which at the time of this article has pipped the original by Ice Core Scientist in views !] using perhaps more appropriately the voice of Carl Sagan himself, from an audio book version he recorded. Subsequently, scores of other personal video tributes by other YouTube contributors, have drawn huge interest to this humble photo of our small planet.

In May 2008 as part of Pangea Day, another version of Pale blue Dot was released, highlighting yet again this profound perspective of our place in the Universe.

Dr Sagan’s book Contact – explored similar themes and was made in to a feature film starring Jodie Foster.
Watch Pale Blue Dot and pass it on to your friends as an inspiring gift.

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