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Earth, as seen by Voyager 1 at a distance of 4 billion miles.
Earth, as seen by Voyager 1 at a distance of 4 billion miles.
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Voyager 1 turned its camera back on its home planet for the last time on February 14, 1990.  For the first time, humankind could see itself in perspective from the edge of our solar system – something possible only through our efforts to explore other worlds.  This evocative representation of Earth appeared in the book Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan.  To see the image of Earth taken by Voyager 1, go to http://planetary.org/html/society/advisors/sagandot.html.

– Planetary Report, Volume XXI, Number 5, September/October 2001
 

 
The Universe is an awfully large place.  If there is other intelligent life out there, and humanity ends up destroying itself – stupid us.  If there is no other intelligent life out there and we destroy ourselves – shame on us.

– Scott Toste, 2001
 

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