An evening with Neil Degrasse Tyson

Today was a special evening. Had the amazing honor to listen to Neil Degrasse Tyson at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco. The talk was all about how we stopped innovating in the space arena and how the cold war was the most important reason we got to where we got to 50 years ago.

Neil deGrasse Tyson and the 'Pale Blue Dot'
Neil deGrasse Tyson and the ‘Pale Blue Dot’

Thats him reading the wisest words ever written by a human :

“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.” -Carl Segan, from the ‘Pale Blue Dot

The image behind him is actually the image of earth taken by the Cassini space craft from Saturn. Heres an enlarged image of the same :

 

Earth as seen from Saturn, appears as a tiny pale blue dot.
Earth as seen from Saturn, appears as a tiny pale blue dot.

And thats him talking about how they found Pluto on Pluto 🙂

Pluto on Pluto
Pluto on Pluto

 

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