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?????? On February 14, 1990, NASA commanded the Voyager 1 spacecraft, having completed its primary mission, to turn around to photograph the planets of the Solar System. One image Voyager returned was of Earth, showing up as a "pale blue dot" in the grainy photo.

??????? 1990年2月14日,美国“旅行者1号”(voyager 1)飞船,飞到了太阳系的边缘。控制中心让它回过头,最后看一眼它出发的地球。下面就是当时拍下的照片,“黯淡的蓝点”。NASA网站描述“超过40亿公里远” (距离地球大约64亿公里)。

????????In a commencement address delivered May 11, 1996, Sagan related his thoughts on the deeper meaning of the photograph:

??????? 1996年5月11日,在毕业典礼演说上,著名的美国科普作家卡尔·萨根(Carl Sagan)对这张照片的深意有感而发,写了一篇短文《黯淡的蓝点》(pale blue dot),后来成为名篇。

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 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.












1968年 人们在怎样生活?


  1. @蜥蜴 暂时没找到适合的空间,再说最近yo2的速度那叫一个飙升啊,忽然有点舍不得了…… 😳

  2. 看着那颗小点.. 真不懂我们有时候到底在执着些什么呢….