"Zen teaches nothing; it merely enables us to wake up and become aware. It does not teach, it points." ~D.T. Suzuki

Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Red Letter

or Messages From Beyond
 Messages from
Carl Edward Sagan

Postcards from Curiosity on the planet Mars
& Voyager 1 from interstellar space
Like fledglings leaving the nest to soar into a wide open sky, we are beginning to reach into "the beyond"

Carl Sagan made sure the Voyager spacecraft both included "Messages From Earth",
"The Golden Record".
On it is a message from us, for any intelligent life Voyager should encounter in its far travels.

To hear the greeting in Portuguese Click Here.The voice is that of Dr. Janet Sternberg.
The message translated to English is "Peace and happiness to all". 
With my thanks to Dr. Sternberg for agreeing to have her clip included on this blog.
 (Janet, your voice on the Voyagers is now beginning a new leg of its' journey...Bon Voyage!)

Still working 35 years later the Voyagers are signalling that they are finally beginning to leave the heliosphere
 and will soon be sailing into interstellar space. Amazingly this is happening at the same time that Curiosity is searching for evidence of life on Mars. Before he passed away, Carl Sagan also recorded a message for Mars. Here it is:
"My parents were not scientists.
They knew almost nothing about science.
But in introducing me simultaneously
to skepticism and to wonder,
they taught me the two uneasily cohabiting modes 
of thought that are central to the scientific method."
Carl Sagan
NASA/JPL's Voyager
Dr. Carl Edward Sagan
A Message To Mars

"Whatever the reason you're on Mars, I'm glad you're there, and I wish I was with you."
Carl Sagan

NASA, & many others wish he were here today.
Sagan & Viking 1 
The first spacecraft to successfully land on Mars and perform its mission
 Some early Mars Science Lab, Curiosity rover postcards from Gale Crater, Mars:
All civilizations become either spacefaring or extinct.
Carl Sagan

Image of Voyagers 1 & 2 the edge of the heliosphere

Curiosity's parachute descent

The heat shield falling away

Landing on the surface

Curiosity's landing site
A closer look at Curiosity
 "The total number of stars in the Universe is larger than all the grains of sand on all the beaches of the planet Earth."

“We have also arranged things
so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster.
We might get away with it for a while,
but sooner or later this combustible mixture
 of ignorance and power
 is going to blow up in our faces.”
Carl Sagan
From the surface of Mars  
Curiosity's first view

of a curious landscape

The Blue Letter
Message to the People of Earth
To The Spirit of Carl Sagan... "Billions & Billions" of thanks!
© 2012 MU-Peter Shimon

You might also like to see: / Oh Look...  We're Here! / Fly Me to the Moon... / Desiderata /

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