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Pale Blue Dot
Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space (1994) is a non-fiction book by Carl Sagan. It is the sequel to Cosmos and was inspired by the "Pale Blue Dot" photograph, for which Sagan provides a sobering description.
The book has three parts. The first part looks at the claims made throughout history that Earth and the human species are unique. The second part describes the scientific discoveries made throughout the solar system, and examines reasons commonly offered for human spaceflight. In the final part, Sagan suggests that the exploration and settlement of other worlds is essential for the long-term survival of the human species and Earth life.
See also: Space and survival
- Wanderers: an introduction
- You are here
- Aberrations of light
- The great demotions
- A universe not made for us
- Is there intelligent life on Earth?
- The triumph of Voyager
- Among the moons of Saturn
- The first new planet
- An American ship at the frontiers of the solar system
- Sacred black
- Evening and morning star
- The ground melts
- The gift of Apollo
- Exploring other worlds and protecting this one
- The gates of the wonder world open
- Scaling heaven
- Routine interplanetary violence
- The marsh of Camarina
- Remaking the planets
- To the sky!
- Tiptoeing through the Milky Way
Sagan, Carl, 1934- Pale blue dot : a vision of the human future in space 1st ed. New York : Random House, c1994. xviii, 429 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 25 cm. ISBN 0679438416
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