Earth, Mars and Venus from Saturn

On July 19, 2013, the Cassini spacecraft slipped into the shadow of Saturn. With the bright light of the sun hidden behind the planet, it was able to point the camera at Saturn to take the first picture that showed Saturn, with Earth, Mars, Venus, seven of its moons and the rings, all in one shot. JPL source here.

Earth from Saturn
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It shows our planet not as a blue marble, but as, per Carl Sagan, a pale blue dot. All of human history, all of human suffering, all the wars for this god and that god, all the subjugations by kings and dictators through the millennia, all killings for greed and lust, happened on that little speck of dust almost a billion miles away from this vantage point.

It seems to me we should not make it unlivable by heating up its microscopically thin atmosphere by burning fossil fuels. Where would our grandchildren go?

6 thoughts on “Earth, Mars and Venus from Saturn

  1. I agree, but when an “elected” president (W.Bush) is quoted to have said,
    “What have future generations ever done for me,” suspect majority of Americans could care less about future generations, unless they can help them without compromising one iota of their present standard of living — or driving (esp. in L.A. — walk? what’s that?)
    Carpe diem, old people. And young people? doubt they believe there is a future at all, so what’s to worry about?
    Just sayin’ — but with the Superdelegates tied up already for Hillary who proudly says she will ask her friend Kissinger, AKA war criminal, for foreign advice…what the fuck will change?

    1. I think there are enough, and ever more, people who feel a responsibility for the future of the planet and their grandchildren. Most of them appear to be outside of the United States – it seems – at least in public life – but even there we might be skewed in our perceptions!

      1. Yes, but they are outside the U.S. It’s short-sighted (to say the least) for the Republican party to deny Climate Change, but until we get dark money and reverse Citizens United, that party is bought and paid for by multinationals who have no interest is excusing, say, Exxon, et al. for lying about the effects of their industries. But I shouldn’t judge, my adopted Canada has its tar sands in Alberta…

  2. Mary Barnes

    We really need to get this telomere thing figured out, so it’s more their OWN future that people are concerned about. Besides, I’d like to see this view from Saturn first-hand.

      1. Mary Barnes

        Wow. I found this in the wiki: “A 2013 pilot study from UCSF took 35 men with localized early-stage prostate cancer and had 10 of them begin “lifestyle changes that included: a plant-based diet (high in fruits, vegetables and unrefined grains, and low in fat and refined carbohydrates); moderate exercise (walking 30 minutes a day, six days a week); stress reduction (gentle yoga-based stretching, breathing, meditation)” and also “weekly group support” . . . . The group that made the lifestyle changes experienced a ‘significant’ increase in telomere length of approximately 10 percent.” See you on the stairs.

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