For some early afternoon goosebumps, enjoy this brief, animated adaptation of Carl Sagan's famous secular statement, "A Pale Blue Dot."
To get you started, here's one of my favorite lines in Sagan's lecture (though it doesn't feature in the video): "The earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot..."
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