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Pale Blue Dot

sciencebase on April 23, 2013 10:55

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    UPDATE: 19th July Cassini spacecraft took a new photograph of our "Pale Blue Dot" from close to the planet Saturn - http://www.sciencebase.com/science-blog/pale-blue-dot-2-1.html

    The Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of planet Earth taken in 1990 by NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft from a record distance of about 6 billion kilometres (3.7 billion miles) from Earth, as part of the solar system Family Portrait series of images. In the photograph, Earth is shown as a tiny dot (0.12 pixel in size) against the vastness of space. The Voyager 1 spacecraft, which had completed its primary mission and was leaving the Solar System, was commanded by NASA to turn its camera around and to take a photograph of Earth across a great expanse of space, at the request of Carl Sagan.

    I wondered what she was thinking as she looked at her home so far away...

    Pale Blue Dot

    Although I know that the world keeps turning
    It never stops, my stomach's churning
    But, I worry about how much we're burning

    The fantasy of a global village
    We pull together in some kind of New Age
    But there are those set on rape and pillage

    I took a trip, a billion miles I was to roam
    Looking back on the place that we call home...

    This old planet is broken in two, if you like it or not
    Some with panic deep in their hearts, Others won't stop the rot
    This old planet is broken anew, If you like it or not
    But, I'm worried about our pale blue dot

    Although I know that we can heal the divides
    It will take time coming up to size
    Beyond our world she won't hear our cries

    Something happened and we don't know why
    When we look up, we can't see the sky
    And in the end it means we just might die

    This old planet is broken in two
    Whether you like it or not
    There is panic deep in our hearts
    I'm just worried about our Pale Blue Dot

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