Ann Druyan, Carl Sagan's co-author and widow, reflects on the meaning of Voyager's "pale blue dot" image of Earth.
This was the pale blue dot.
This was our willingness to see the Earth as a one-pixel object in a far greater cosmos.
It's that humility that science gives us. That weans us from our childhood need to be the center of things. And Voyager gave us that image of the Earth that is so heart tugging because you can't look at that image and not think of how fragile, how fragile our world is.
How much we have in common with everyone with whom we share it;
our relationship, our relatedness, to everyone on this tiny pixel.