Michael Marantz tribute to Carl Sagan “EARTH: The Pale Blue Dot”

What do you get when you combine one of Carl Sagan’s fantastic speeches with some awesomely beautiful time-lapse video of our planet? A surprisingly moving three minutes and eleven seconds:

I miss Carl Sagan and his ability to turn science into more than just facts and figures. He had an incredible ability to make science something we could relate to and be awed by even if we didn’t understand the actual science itself. In 1996 he wrote a commencement speech on the Pale Blue Dot that is equally as thought provoking. For those of you who’ve never heard it, here it is as recited by Sagan himself:

We could really use another Sagan these days.

Both clips found via Geeks are Sexy.

3 thoughts on “Michael Marantz tribute to Carl Sagan “EARTH: The Pale Blue Dot”

  1. AWESOME! Did you read the efforts it took for Mike to produce that video? Yes, some of us are capable of greatness, pity so few of us try to achieve same. Just for contrast, compare the fundies spending precious time spewing hatred and bigotry. Well, maybe there needs to be some contrast in order to appreciate those who achieve greatness.  wink

  2. If I have a hero in this world it is Carl Sagan.  I have been a fan ever since I watched Cosmos when I was about 14.  If you haven’t read his book, The Demon-Haunted World, you should.

    Today, Neil deGrasse Tyson does a good job of promoting scientific thinking to more people including my wife who cannot normally sit through a science program or read a science book but loves watching Nova Science Now.  I also enjoyed the book, Origins, that Tyson coauthored.

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