In 1990 the Voyager I spacecraft, at the end of its primary mission and 6 billion km from Earth, was turned to point backwards and take pictures of the solar system. One of these photos included the Earth as a tiny pale blue dot. Carl Sagan subsequently used the photograph’s name as part of the title of his 1997 book Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space.
Some of Sagan’s thoughts on this image include the line:
“To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”
Read more in our Festive 2013 issue.
Designed by Denise Powell
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