Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

by Carl Sagan

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Overview

"FASCINATING . . . MEMORABLE . . . REVEALING . . . PERHAPS THE BEST OF CARL SAGAN'S BOOKS." —The Washington Post Book World (front page review)

In Cosmos, the late astronomer Carl Sagan cast his gaze over the magnificent mystery of the Universe and made it accessible to millions of people around the world. Now in this stunning sequel, Carl Sagan completes his revolutionary journey through space and time.

Future generations will look back on our epoch as the time when the human race finally broke into a radically new frontier—space. In Pale Blue Dot Sagan traces the spellbinding history of our launch into the cosmos and assesses the future that looms before us as we move out into our own solar system and on to distant galaxies beyond. The exploration and eventual settlement of other worlds is neither a fantasy nor luxury, insists Sagan, but rather a necessary condition for the survival of the human race.

"TAKES READERS FAR BEYOND Cosmos . . . Sagan sees humanity's future in the stars." —Chicago Tribune

Introductory music from the original score for COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey composed by Alan Silvestri, used with permission from Cosmos Studios, Inc. and Chappers Music. All rights reserved. Special thanks to Fuzzy Planets, Inc.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781531888114
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 05/30/2017
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 580,562
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Carl Sagan (1934-1996) was the Director of Cornell University’s Laboratory for Planetary Studies. He played a leading role in the American space program and was an adviser to NASA since its inception. He briefed the Apollo astronauts before their flights to the Moon, and was an experimenter on the Mariner, Viking, Voyager, and Galileo expeditions to the planets. He helped solve the mysteries of the high temperatures of Venus (answer: massive greenhouse effect), the seasonal changes on Mars (answer: windblown dust), and the reddish haze of Titan (answer: complex organic molecules).

For his work, Dr. Sagan received the NASA medals for Exceptional Scientific Achievement, and the Pulitzer Prize for The Dragons of Eden. His 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage won the Emmy and Peabody awards.

The National Science Foundation declared that his “research transformed planetary science… his gifts to mankind were infinite.”

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Pale Blue Dot 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wish I could find the words to explain why this is the best book I have ever read but I am not good at words. This books explains who we are where we are and were we are going. Its like a bible to me. This book gives me hope about the future of Mankind.
AirScottDenning More than 1 year ago
This is one of Carl Sagan's last books, and offers a thoughtful consideration of our motives and priorities in space science and human space exploration. Sagan considers our thirst for knowledge and inspiration (as only he could!), the politics and budget implications of the space program, and the tension between robotic space probes and human space flight in NASA. The book is well argued and Sagan speaks personally from a long career in planetary science as well as his second career as the premiere explainer of astronomy. The book is becoming quite dated by 21st Century planetary science: Mars rovers, Cassini at Saturn, and especially the hundreds of exoplanets found by Kepler. Neither his most inspiring nor his most political book, but it's a good read and extremely relevant to readers interested in the "science vs exploration" debate at NASA.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good. Sagan was on of the greatest minds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This, along with Cosmos, is my favorite work by Sagan so far. Despite learning the basics of the universe in grade school I have not really thought about the world in the cosmic sense since. Sagan's gift of writing about hard topics such as this in a way that anyone could understand is amazing to me. For a student who was slightly average in such topics in school, I feel that only now through Sagan am I really getting the knowledge to understand science. I would recommend this book to any one of any age, it may help you as it did me to comprehend the mysteries of the universe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a really good book. Carl reviews from our position in the universe until the human exploration and the voyager that is found traveling in the universe... you will love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sagan is in his usual fantastic form here. He presents all his science in a clear and understandable form that any reader can grasp even without being scientifically oriented. The illustrations are just as wonderful as the text, but the real standout are the photos of six of the nine planets of our Solar System and the Sun taken in 1990 by Voyager 1 almost ten years and billions of miles from Earth. This book was actually better than his science fiction novel 'Contact'. 'Pale Blue Dot' should be required science reading in our Jr. High, High School and College Institutions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not his best
jimdemanche on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
All though I have the greatest respect for Dr. Carl Sagan, he does tend to let his 'political opinions' leak out. It became very obvious to me that Dr. Sagan has no time for conservatives or Republicans in general.That said, this book is outstanding if one considers the date it was published. Young astronomers and environmentalists will see and learn about our small but precious Earth.The big take away for me was that we 'humans', are not the center of anything but our own imaginations. Our place in the cosmos is so insignificant, that it's not even worth mentioning. And to think we are so smart, is laughable.Thank you Dr. Sagan, and rest well.Jim DeMancheAmateur Astronomer
madcurrin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dated, but this is still the most majestic and relevant book you¿re likely to find about humanity¿s place in the solar system. I actually 'read' Pale Blue Dot by listening to the audiobook, narrated for the most part by the author himself. Carl Sagan's delivery is justifiably the stuff of legend, with his rich, deliberate and passionate enunciation. Years after his death Sagan remains one of the most poetic and thought provoking of writers. Marvellous, marvellous stuff.
robrod1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sagen writes in his usual eloquent and impassioned manner, about how we must venture into the vast cosmos, and begin our exploration of other worlds. He presents a well thought out argument for the exploration of space as a means of continuing our civilization well into the future. He convinced me, but I am not hard to convince when it comes to exploration or science. I gave this book a rating of three, because it is not as good as other books he has written.
Robin_Goodfellow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
some fantastic content.. I mean really amazingly good. But also some seriously detailed stuff I tuned out a bit.
saskreader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Even though I don't always agree with some of Carl Sagan's viewpoints, I do like how he makes scientifically inaccessible information accessible.
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Oh really? Thats so weird. Wait! If your dad doesnt allow you with males...isnt he a male? She gets quiet and thoughtful