The Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of planet Earth taken in 1990 by the Voyager 1 spacecraft, which was about 6 billion kilometres (3.7 billion miles) from Earth. Voyager 1 had completed its primary mission and was leaving the Solar System. At the request of Carl Sagan, NASA turned its camera around and took a photograph of Earth, a tiny dot in the in the vastness of space
Carl’s wonderfully eloquent description: “everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was has lived on this pale blue dot; every saint and sinner in the history of our species has lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”
“Earth is the only world known so far to harbour life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.”
NASA also has a more recent picture from the Cassini probe
The full piece can be heard on this YouTube video
Voyager 1 is currently 21.7 billion Kilometres from earth. It’s travelling at about 16km per second!! and is 40,000 years from the next star!!
Voyager can be tracked on NASA.
WEEE (e-Scrap) is one of the fastest growing and most toxic of the wastes we produce on our planet. It is also totally recyclable but needs special treatment. Consider our beautiful, irreplaceable “Pale Blue Dot” the next time you need to dispose of your no longer useful electronic devices.
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