"Life Beyond the Pale Blue Dot" by Sam Chivers for Nautilus Metal Print
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Life Beyond the Pale Blue Dot: Our own oasis of life in the cosmos is blue, but will others be? By Caleb Scharf Illustration by Sam Chivers At a distance of 3.7 billion miles from the sun, on an otherwise ordinary February day in 1990, the Voyager 1 probe turned to point its camera platform away from its headlong rush into the cosmic void. A narrow-angle optic switched on and snapped a sequence of brief shots. One of the sensor’s tiny pixels, spanning about the length of a dozen bacteria lined up end to end, registered an increased charge. There, among the sun’s lens flare, diffracted light, and electronic noise, sat an extra point of light. It was the smallest of small blips, an inconsequential mote in the emptiness of space, and it had a pale blue hue. This mote was us, our world, Earth—a shockingly abrupt summation of 4 billion years of complex and chaotic history. The image taken that day was the ultimate selfless selfie. It provided an existential perspective that is unique among the species on our planet: Only we humans have seen ourselves from billions of miles away. Carl Sagan would later immortalize the image with the title, the “Pale Blue Dot.” Read more at nautil.us
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"Life Beyond the Pale Blue Dot" by Sam Chivers for Nautilus
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