Seeing the first actual great image of Pluto reminded me how Carl Sagan said “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.“ All we could see before was a blurry speck and by sending the New Horizons spacecraft out there we discovered a new world. credits: NASA/APL/SwRI
Vox’s Joss Fong put together a beautiful video pairing the images from the Voyager Golden Records (learn more about them here) with words from Carl Sagan and music from Blind Willie Johnson. The first image was a simple “calibrating circle” used in this post’s title.
There’s something powerful about this collection of images – this small attempt to sum up human existence. Carl Sagan said:
The spacecraft will be encountered and the record played only if there are advanced space-faring civilizations in interstellar space. But the launching of this ‘bottle’ into the cosmic 'ocean’ says something very hopeful about life on this planet.
If we sent a time capsule to the aliens today, what would you want to include?
“Exploration is in our nature. We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars.” - Carl Sagan
Wanderers is a vision of humanity’s expansion into the Solar System, based on scientific ideas and concepts of what our future in space might look like, if it ever happens. The locations depicted in the film are digital recreations of actual places in the Solar System, built from real photos and map data where available. Watch the breathtaking short film on Vimeo.
This Image was taken from the International Space Station nearly 12 years ago on July 21, 2003. Think of it, the Earth’s Space Station - Humanity’s Space Station - is now more than 16 years old. Before that humanity had separate stations, but now we explore the grandest of mysteries united. This great effort of space exploration demands peaceful compromise and cooperation. There are now millions of children who know space in this way. So, when you feel that life is heavy. If the news tells you that we have failed. If you are beginning to loose hope. Just look up. Know that this is the future of our Species: On a Station orbiting Earth once every 90 minutes, the peaceful ascent of humanity into the Solar System has begun. This is the beginning of our great journey.
“If we crave some cosmic purpose, let us find ourselves a worthy goal“