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Carl Sagan's "pale blue dot" speech


I just read an article about the two Voyager spacecraft which started in 1977 to explore our universe. In 1990, Carl Sagan, in charge of the mission, decided that one of the Voyager probes - now more than 6 billion kilometers away from earth - should take one last look back and ordered to turn the probe 180 degrees so that it could take a last picture of earth.

The picture inspired him to a great speech which I would like to share with you. It's kind of inspiring and managed to make me think:



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Re: Carl Sagan's "pale blue dot" speech


I remember reading about that and recall he had to do some sales work to heads at NASA as the engineers did not want to risk turning the probe around for a photo op.

Glad they did.

In the same vein I enjoyed the youtube clips with Phsyicist Richard Feynman discussing various items. Check out this one on how a train goes around a turn. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7h4OtFDnYE

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Re: Carl Sagan's "pale blue dot" speech


There's a great documentary called The Planets. Episode 3 "The Planets: Giants" is about the Voyager exploration of the gas giants.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k78UHqLWmNCSlD28Iqr


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I wonder what the probe is going to see next?

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