Carl Sagan's "Pale Blue Dot" Monologue, Animated

Shaunacy Ferro

Earlier this week, we marked what would have been astronomer Carl Sagan’s 81st birthday. But because you can never have enough Sagan, let’s prolong the celebration with this animation of his "Pale Blue Dot" monologue by ORDER, a London animation studio.

Sagan, reading from his 1994 book Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space, muses on the tiny size of Earth relative to the vastness of space, and the one thing that ties every human experience together: it happened on this tiny planet. Sagan’s famous meditation was inspired by a 1990 image of Earth from 4 billion miles away, taken at Sagan’s suggestion by the Voyager 1 spacecraft. The jaunty motion graphic by ORDER puts it all in perspective. 

[h/t: Flowing Data]

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