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Carl Sagan - on the view of Earth from 3.7 billion miles away -

"Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home, That's us. 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 a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. ... 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 with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known." 

 

   "You Are Here,"   from the book "Pale Blue Dot" byCarl Sagan
 

"Context" [the animation] was derived from images obtained from:

NASA Home Page

STScI/AURAI - [Hubble] Space Telescope Science Institute, 
operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. 

SDAC - Solar Data Analysis Center at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

NSSDC - NASA National Space Science Data Center  


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