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 #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 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 this #pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their #misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another.
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. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic #dark.
It has been said that #astronomy is a humbling and character-building #experience. 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. -- #CarlSagan, #PaleBlueDot, 1994
This image of #Earth is one of 60 frames taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft on February 14, 1990 from a distance of more than 6 billion kilometers (4 billion miles) and about 32 degrees above the #ecliptic plane. In the image the Earth is a mere point of #light, a crescent only 0.12 pixel in size. Our #planet was caught in the center of one of the scattered light rays resulting from taking the image so close to the #Sun Photo by NASA / JPL