Here’s an incredible short film called “Wanderers” by Erik Wernquist. It features the voice of Carl Sagan, pulled from his book, The Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of The Human Future in Space.
This video captures the positive, uplifting attitude that characterized so much of Dr. Sagan’s life and work, along with the awesome possibilities that our future might hold.
I think Sagan had the right idea. He understood that science contains within it a union of intellect to awe. It offers us a rational, evidence-based understanding of reality–and that understanding almost inevitably leads to awe in the face of such a vast, cold, and beautiful cosmos.
There is little chance that we will reach new worlds anytime soon. We might set foot on Mars in the next 20 years, but humans will largely remain contained here on Earth for quite a while yet. Yet we can have hope. That awe and that hope is what Carl Sagan taught so many people who love science–myself included. With hard work and some luck, all that hope might one day be fulfilled, many generations from now when humans live and thrive somewhere so far away from Earth that the pale blue dot is no longer even visible.