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

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Random House Publishing Group, Jul 6, 2011 - Science - 384 pages
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"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
 

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An excellent book detailing our humble status among the vastness of the cosmos. Sagan writes about everything from the false philosophies of humans or the Earth being the most important entities in existence, to the detailed plans required to send robots and/or people to any place in the solar system.
Absolutely perspective changing. Anyone even vaguely interested in space could gain something from this. Even those uninterested with the complexities of the heavens will benefit from the philosophical elements of how we are the only life, and habitable place for life, we've ever known and how those should be cherished and protected.
 

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Contents

YOU ARE HERE
1
ABERRATIONS OF LIGHT
8
THE GREAT DEMOTIONS
20
A UNIVERSE NOT MADE FOR US
38
S IS THERE INTELLIGENT LIFE ON EARTH?
56
THE TRIUMPH OF VOYAGER
69
AMONG THE MOONS OF SATURN
83
THE FIRST NEW PLANET
97
THE GIFT OF APOLLO
163
EXPLORING OTHER WORLDS AND PROTECTING
173
THE GATES OF THE WONDER WORLD OPEN
184
SCALlNG HEAVEN
209
ROUTINE INTERPLANETARY VIOLENCE
232
l8 THE MARSH OF CAMARINA
249
REMAKlNG THE PLANETS
267
DARKNESS
286

AN AMERICAN SHIP AT THE FRONTIERS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM
109
SACRED BLACK
126
ILEVENING AND MORNING STAR
138
l2 THE GROUND MELTS
149
2l TO THE SKY
302
TIPTOEING THROUGH THE MILKY WAY
313
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A respected planetary scientist best known outside the field for his popularizations of astronomy, Carl Sagan was born in New York City on November 9, 1934. He attended the University of Chicago, where he received a B.A. in 1954, a B.S. in 1955, and a M.S. in 1956 in physics as well as a Ph.D. in 1960 in astronomy and astrophysics. He has several early scholarly achievements including the experimental demonstration of the synthesis of the energy-carrying molecule ATP (adenosine triphosphate) in primitive-earth experiments. Another was the proposal that the greenhouse effect explained the high temperature of the surface of Venus. He was also one of the driving forces behind the mission of the U.S. satellite Viking to the surface of Mars. He was part of a team that investigated the effects of nuclear war on the earth's climate - the "nuclear winter" scenario. Sagan's role in developing the "Cosmos" series, one of the most successful series of any kind to be broadcast on the Public Broadcasting System, and his book The Dragons of Eden (1977) won the Pulitzer Prize in 1978. He also wrote the novel Contact, which was made into a movie starring Jodie Foster. He died from pneumonia on December 20, 1996.

Carl Sagan (19341996) is the Pulitzer Prizewinning author of "Cosmos," the bestselling science book ever published in the English language, and "Contact," which was the basis of a major motion picture.
Ann Druyan is Carl Sagans widow and long time collaborator.

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