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Earth from Cassini at 900 million miles away

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A tiny spot: Planet Earth can been seen as just a miniscule star from this enhanced shot of Saturn taken by the NASA spacecraft Cassini nearly 900million miles away

Wouldn’t you know that Fox News is already channelling Carl Sagan:

Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there — on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

Yes, but … so?

Everything seems a lot smaller far away. That doesn’t make it less important.

4 Replies to “Earth from Cassini at 900 million miles away

  1. 1
    Axel says:

    It takes a very special kind of twerp to be overcome with wonder at the physical smallness of our planet. Period!

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    bornagain77 says:

    OT: The Quiet Passing of Punctuated Equilibrium, Finally! – Ray Bohlin – July 22, 2013
    Excerpt: “There is, however, a problem. Those genes that control early developmental processes are involved in the establishment of the basic body plan. Mutations in these genes will usually be extremely disadvantageous, and it is conceivable that they are always so”
    Wallace Arthur – population ecologist – The Origin of Animal Body Plans: A Study in Evolutionary Developmental Biology – pg. 14

    Here is a short video from Dr. Bohlin which I found very informative:

    The Extreme Complexity Of Genes – Dr. Raymond G. Bohlin – video

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    kairosfocus says:

    News: yet another illustration of the extreme beauty of the cosmos. Let us pause, and let us ponder — and wonder. KF

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    Mung says:

    What are the odds that that would be the perfect place from which to view the earth and that the Cassini spacecraft would just happen to stumble upon it!

    Design, I say!

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