We Are Here: The Pale Blue Dot

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We Are Here: The Pale Blue Dot

In 1994 Carl Sagan published "Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space", a book title which was inspired by the now famous 'Pale Blue Dot' photograph taken by the Voyager 1 space probe.

The photo is the most distant view of the Earth on record at 6.4 billion kilometers away, a distance incomprehensible to us yet insignificant by cosmic standards.

In Pulitzer Prize-winning author's book, he provides a humbling description of our planet, our place, and our future. The narration in the video below is by the now deceased Sagan. It is both haunting and inspiring.

I was going to embed a typical grainy Youtube video, but to show this video (by Pale Blue Films) in anything less than the highest quality afforded just wouldn't be justice to the great Astrobiologist, or you.

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Wednesday 6th June 2007 | 01:52 AM

That was just, just awesome...worthy of some space on my ipod.

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Wednesday 6th June 2007 | 09:29 AM

Magnificent. Hey Teres mind telling me how I would go about getting that onto my ipod?

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Wednesday 6th June 2007 | 08:18 PM

I shed a tear.

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Wednesday 6th June 2007 | 11:09 PM

Isn't it sad that they feel we can only represent the full range of humanity through Hollywood?

It's a nice little film, otherwise.

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Thursday 7th June 2007 | 09:13 PM

Not necessarily sad and not the only way to represent the range of humanity. It just happens to be captured very well in this short film.

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Monday 11th June 2007 | 07:08 PM

Dracco: I use riverpast ipod video converter for my stuff. http://www.riverpast.com/en/prod/crazivideo/ipod/

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Monday 25th February 2008 | 08:22 AM

How humbling, to use Sagan's own words. Can I download that in high quality somewhere?

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Saturday 2nd August 2008 | 08:06 PM

A beautiful video.

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