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

By Carl Sagan

"FASCINATING . . . MEMORABLE . . . REVEALING . . . probably the easiest OF CARL SAGAN'S BOOKS."
--The Washington submit ebook global (front web page review)

In Cosmos, the past due astronomer Carl Sagan forged his gaze over the terrific secret of the Universe and made it obtainable to hundreds of thousands of individuals world wide. Now during this wonderful sequel, Carl Sagan completes his innovative trip via area and time.

Future generations will glance again on our epoch because the time while the human race ultimately broke right into a notably new frontier--space. In faded Blue Dot Sagan lines the spellbinding heritage of our release into the cosmos and assesses the long run that looms prior to us as we stream out into our personal sunlight approach and directly to far away galaxies past. The exploration and eventual cost of different worlds is neither a delusion nor luxurious, insists Sagan, yet fairly an important situation for the survival of the human race.

"TAKES READERS a long way past Cosmos . . . Sagan sees humanity's destiny within the stars."
--Chicago Tribune

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