Pale Blue Dot

In 1990, as the spacecraft Voyager 1 was leaving the Solar System, it turned around and took a picture of the Earth. This picture has turned out to be one of the most awe-inspiring astronomical images ever taken. In it, the Earth appears simply as a speck in a sunbeam – smaller than a single pixel on the onboard instruments.

A portion of the famous 'Pale Blue Dot' image taken by Voyager I

Carl Sagan has since then shared his personal reflections on this image with the rest of us, and the experience of listening to him is nothing short of humbling. You can listen to Carl’s thoughtful musings in this video:

If only the politicians (in Malaysia and elsewhere in the world) would take some time to listen to this and pause for a moment’s thought…

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