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Everything in human existence on one pale blue dot.

Everything in human existence on one pale blue dot.

 

Every life, every death, every war, every human drop of blood spilled.  The totality of human existence – – occurred on a single pale blue dot.  This photo was taken from Voyager 1, 3.7 billion miles from earth.

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While hiking the trail, I noticed something.  All of the ‘stuff’, every piece of dirt with the nutrients required to sustain life – was merely the barest ethereal filament between the rocks and the sky.  Earths regolith (which is all the stuff on land that isn’t rocks – including clay – so a lot more than what I am talking about) would be 15.5 meters if spread out on all the land we have.  That is it.

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We take Earth for granted.

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This photo reminded me of how ephemeral we really are.  It reminded me of this impression I got on trail.  It makes me want to shake the rulers of the world and shout in to their brains until they realize how fragile our spaceship – our earth – really is.

Charlie Hough
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