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First earth dronie


This is the first ever Earth "dronie" taken by NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft. If you squint your eyes and look in the streak of starlight on the right, you can make a out a tiny spec of whitish blue dust which represents of all humanity. I bet that makes you want to rethink that selfie you were about to take as well as all of the stress you may be under right now. hahaha This makes all the worlds problems seem pretty small... don't it? Just over three hundred years ago we still thought Earth was the center of the universe and today we take selfies of ourselves and dronies of Earth. Today marks exactly one generation (25 years) since this photo was taken and I can only imagine what our children will discover.

Carl Sagan requested NASA take the photo above and he sums up it's impact best.  

"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." Carl Sagan from Pale Blue Dot.