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Our Home in Space

Most of these images were taken from the  International Space Station with the two larger images of Earth being from NASA orbiter missions. I would like to take this Earth Day to reflect on an image of Earth taken in 1990 by the Voyager 1 space probe. At the time when this image was taken the probe was 3.7 billion miles away from Earth, this was the farthest we had ever reached as a species. Today, after 36 years, the probe is still operational and is leaving our solar system. Carl Sagan had this to say about the image taken by the Voyager 1 probe:

“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.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”
Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

A special thanks to all my followers, I hope you have a happy Earth Day!

Credit: NASA/JPL/Earth Observatory

A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called “leaves”) imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time ― proof that humans can work magic.
—  CARL SAGAN

So … I’m freaking out over Prince Carl Philip of Sweden. 

I mean look at him

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Like wHAT THE FUCK DUDE?? 

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HOW ARE YOU THAT BEAUTIFUL???? HOW???

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thiS IS NOT OKAY

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I REPEAT THIS IS NOT OKAY LIKE HIDE THE FEMALE POPULATION BECAUSE THIS MOTHERFUCKING ORLANDO BLOOM LOOKALIKE IS HERE TO IMPREGNATE YOU WITH HIS FUCKING PRINCELY GAZE

Sincerely, someone who has lost their mind because of this fucker

Reasons to Love Carl the Intern:

 
  • LOOK AT THIS FACE - HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE THIS FACE?! 
  • His name is Carl Karl. 
  • He wears purple glasses. 
  • He is an unpaid intern. 
  • He got an internship at a “secret” organization.
  • HE KNOWS WHAT ALL THOSE BUTTONS DO: 

  • He is super duper nice and funny. 
  • He is incredibly smart. 
  • He is clumsy (but really, clumsy people are wicked cute ^-^). 
  • He is wicked cute. 
  • He is Dr. Coconut. 

  • He works wonders with a camera. 
  • He’s interning like there’s no tomorrow!
  • He works very well with animals. 
  • He loves squirrels. 
  • He has to put up with Major Monogram not wearing pants. 
  • He tried his hand at acrobatics. 
  • He is very technologically inclined. 
  • He turns evil. 

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  • He has an awesome singing voice. 
  • He’ll do anything for good grades. 
  • He looks good in leather and shades. 
  • HE IS AWESOME. 

Do you need anymore reasons to love Carl Karl??