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The most inspirational space video, ever

Worried that our human species is making a mess of things? Inspiration-less? Carl Sagan wants to tell you something.

EARTH: The Pale Blue Dot from Michael Marantz on Vimeo.

Michael Marantz created this video, which he called The Pale Blue Dot. It’s not new … but it’s one of my favorites. Marantz said on his Vimeo page:

This piece contains readings from Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot. I have edited his words to tell this short narrative.

The video still rings as true today as it did when it was released, but there’s one section that does sound dated. It’s where Sagan says:

It will not be we who reach Alpha Centauri …

In fact, in 2016, space visionaries announced a plan to reach Alpha Centauri within a human lifetime. Yuri Milner’s organization Breakthrough Initiatives has invested $100 million in learning whether it’s possible to use a 100-gigawatt light beam and light sails to propel some 1,000 ultra-lightweight nanocraft to 20 percent of light speed. If it’s shown to be possible, such a mission could (hypothetically) reach Alpha Centauri within about 20 years of its launch.

Read more: How long to travel to Alpha Centauri?

Read more: Full braking at Alpha Centauri. Once we get there, how do we slow down?

But let me end with the entire quote from Sagan and Marantz’ video, because it’s one of its best things. Sagan said:

It will not be we who reach Alpha Centauri, or the nearby stars. It will be a species very like us, with more of our strengths and fewer of our weaknesses.

I only wish I could be there to see that!

Carl Sagan, via Wikimedia Commons. He’s still the best …

Bottom line: A 3-minute video by Michael Marantz called The Pale Blue Dot.

Deborah Byrd

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