OCTOBER 9TH JUNO FLYBY CAPTURES EARTH AND MOON.
Video Credit: NASA/JPL JUNO Spacecraft.
Perspective comes in all shapes, sizes and experiences but it doesn’t matter how many times I see the Pale Blue Dot in this fashion. This time it’s not just a photo but a short video taken in many photographs. To begin the Moon is behind the Earth to the left and it quickly grown in size as it seems to swing around Earth then leaves the field of view as JUNO dips between then both at 93,000 mph in order to gain enough of Earth’s energy to speed it along to Jupiter.
That’s all I have to say…..so why don’t I leave you with the words we all know and love. As you read them, you can still hear his voice in your head…..as he himself stated “”But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years, across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you.”
“From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it’s different. Consider again 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 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. 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. 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.
NASA JUNO Mission Page: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/juno/main/
JUNO Homepage: http://missionjuno.swri.edu/