Iain Clark (iainjclark) wrote,
Iain Clark

Can you see me waving?

Oh wow. This unprepossessing image is a colour picture, harkening1 back to Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot, of Earth and the moon from the orbit of Saturn. It was taken by the Cassini probe at a distance of 930 million miles from Earth, as you can see in this wider view.

There's something profound to be said about all known life in the Universe (yes, even George W Bush) sharing such a tiny set of pixels, but really I just think it's very cool: empowering and humbling all at the same time.

1 Harkening, or harking? I can't decide now, and the internet is proving unhelpful, suggesting only that "harking" is better than "harping", which I would never have dreamed was correct in any case.

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