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Wed Sep 18, 2013, 3:51 AM
“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


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jim373 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013   Digital Artist
Awesome photos my friend! :D :clap:
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013   Photographer
Thanks, Jim! :highfive:
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jim373 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013   Digital Artist
Most welcome, bro! :D
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013   Photographer
Thank you Sir! :bow:
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batmantoo Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Carl Sagan! Ma Man! My Hero!
And that is a breathtaking feature, my friend! :love:
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013   Photographer
Thanks, Bassem!
Sagan ROCKS!!!!
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makepictures Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Wow.  Featuring my Journal in the company of photographs of truly extraordinary excellence and the conceptual teachings of Carl Sagan.  I am humbled without traveling to space to see the dot.  It impresses me greatly that all NASA photographs of the dot from space are dedicated to the public domain worldwide as works of the United States government.
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013   Photographer
Cheers, J! 

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RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Beautifull selection dear:))
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013   Photographer
Thanks, Rezzan! :heart:
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Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013   Photographer
I don't like it!
Someone had to say it.
Unfortunately it's not true. ;)
You're too intelligent good to fail, master K.
This is pure joy and photo wonder.
Now on to book publishing, right?
:nod:

Carl Sagan is a God.
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013   Photographer
Cheers, Miguel!! :shakefist: ! Oops, wrong emote. Sorry. Ah, here it is! :iconcheers2plz:
Damn Thank you for the unwanted wonderful and prejudiced positive feedback, my #1 enemy dear, dear friend. :giggle:
As always, your comments are greatly appreciated.

Book? What book? :lmao:
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BlauBeerKuchen Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Outstanding, really! Thanks for sharing.
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013   Photographer
Thank you very much, Kathrin! I'm so glad you enjoyed my humble feature. 
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lux69aeterna Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013   Photographer
A very, very beautiful feature! Thank you a lot for including one of my photographs! 
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013   Photographer
Thank you very much, Sébastien, and you're most welcome!
Keep up the brilliant work!
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Infiltr8 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Wow these are really great!

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MARX77 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013   Photographer
Thank you very much!
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hayley--jade Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
arrrrghhhhhhh amazing :clap:
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013   Photographer
They certainly are!
Thanks, Beth! :heart:
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hayley--jade Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
you're welcome! :hug:
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Apeanutbutterfiend Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Student General Artist
so many beautiful images :icononionloveplz:.
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013   Photographer
:blowkiss:
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Apeanutbutterfiend Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Student General Artist
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ZiaulKareem Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Bahut khoob Bahut khoob Bahut khoob!
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013   Photographer
Bahut shukriya mere dost!
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IFedorovskaya Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
great stories in every image! :)
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013   Photographer
Indeed!
Thanks for checking them out, Iryna. Cheers! :highfive:
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IsabellaMichel Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Student Writer
Fantastico! Me gusta las fotografias.
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013   Photographer
Gracias muyyyyy mucho! 
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IsabellaMichel Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Student Writer
 De nada! Jiji. ^^
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e-l-a-n-i Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
:worship:
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013   Photographer
Oh stop it, you! :lmao:

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aponom Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Totally awesome! Thank you for the feature, my friend! 
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013   Photographer
Cheers, Andrew!
An absolute pleasure, my friend.
Definitely one of your finest works, man. :thumbsup:


It's still not Street, though. ;P
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arslanalp Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013   Photographer
Thank you kindly, dear friend. 
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bindii Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Love it! They are all beautiful thank you for that! :hug:
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013   Photographer
Thank you soooo much, dear Carol! :heart:
Glad you enjoyed them. :D
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bindii Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Always welcome dear Khuram! :heart: :huggle:
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Canankk Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Amazing features Khuram! Moreover, Pale Blue Dot is one of my favorite articles. I made a journal about it years ago :) :heart:
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DougNZ Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Well done Mr Journalmeister :D
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013   Photographer
Cheers, Doug! :laughing:
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arslanalp Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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JACAC Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
g r e a t . =)
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013   Photographer
Thank you, Sir!
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