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A Brave and Startling Truth

source   #MayaAngelou, #scienceandpoetry, #CarlSagan. On Feb 14, 1990, NASA's Voyager1 probe snapped a photograph of Earth from 6 billion kilometres away.  This was the first time earth was seen from the outer reaches of the Solar System. The mission of the voyager was to photograph the outer planets and the cameras before shutting down took the picture on Carl Sagan's insistence.   The grainy photograph now has become the iconic image  showing earth in the mostly empty space that Sagan limned the 'pale blue dot,' the title of his bestselling book published on September 8 1997 .  In the book, Sagan wrote, "everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives on this mote of dust suspended in this sunbeam."   The poetic phrase, 'the mote of dust' caught the imagination of people all over the world across disciplines of science and art. . In t