NASA Video – Reflections on Voyager’s Pale Blue Dot #Earth #CarlSagan

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory – Reflections on the Pale Blue Dot

Ann Druyan, Carl Sagan’s co-author and widow, reflects on the meaning of Voyager’s “pale blue dot” image of Earth. For more information about the iconic photo taken Feb. 14, 1990, visit http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/cata… and http://go.nasa.gov/1vrTaRo .

More info on the video at NASA here.

Valentine’s Day is special for NASA’s Voyager mission. It was on Feb. 14, 1990, that the Voyager 1 spacecraft looked back at our solar system and snapped the first-ever pictures of the planets from its perch at that time beyond Neptune.

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Co-creator and Narrator of ‘COSMOS’ end with optimism for science

Alyssa Rosenberg summarizes the sentiments of Neil deGrasse Tyson and Ann Druyan on the final episode of ‘Cosmos’ for the Washington Post

The final episode also suggested that science, in its own way, carries fewer risks for those who believe in it than religion does. ”It’s one of the things I love about science,” Tyson said. “We don’t have to pretend we have all the answers.”

“Cosmos” spent its last episode making clear that scientific thinking faces real threats in the political climate. “Pretending to know everything closes the door to finding out what’s really there,” Tyson told audiences.

But Druyan closed our conversation on an optimistic note.

I think [science is] less under threat today than it was seven or eight years ago, when I felt there was much more of a kind of palpable public hostility to science,” she said. “I feel that less. In fact, I was really surprised and delighted that the negative reaction to ‘Cosmos’ has been so meek and so fringe.”