Mix Tape of the Gods

5 09 2007

If some recoil from the brink of space, others find it liberating. . .

The information etched into the grooves of the Voyager record is expected to last at least one billion years. That’s a long time: A billion years ago, life on Earth was first venturing forth from the seas.

. . .Contemplation of Voyager’s billion-year future among the stars may make us feel small and the span of our history seem insignificant. Yet the very existence of the two spacecraft and the gold records they carry suggests that there is something in the human spirit able to confront vast sweeps of space and time that we can only dimly comprehend.

And thanks to Sky and Telescope (via Parenting Beyond Belief) we know what to tell the kids about it all:
We are stardust. We are golden.

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