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In 1990, the Voyager 1 spacecraft completed its primary mission, having completed its Saturn fly-by. One of the last instructions sent to the spacecraft by NASA was for it to take photographs of all the planets in the Solar System from its present position.

One photo–that of the Earth from approximately 4 billion miles away, has become one of the most popular photographs in our times. On the grainy image, the Earth barely appears as an insigificant blue dot–a indicator of our place in the vast universe and the fragility of the totality of human experience.

Many videos have since been published to honor the photograph. I’ve selected the two videos below to give a better appreciation of the photo. The first is a finalist at the Portobello Film festival in London, and the Concorto Film festival in Italy 2007. It ends with a quote from Sagan about the importance of maintaining a skeptical mindset, which is very appropriate for this blog. The second video below features an actual speech from Carl Sagan on his thoughts about the Pale Blue Dot.

A transcript of Sagan’s speech from wikipedia: (read in the second video above): (more…)

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