The Cosmic Joke
Personal Liberty Alerts
July 25, 2013
This photo from the Cassini probe orbiting Saturn, it's one of those pictures NASA likes to release to the public in an effort to remind us that they A) exist and B) can do stuff besides bum rides from the Russians to the International Space Station.
Recalling the famed "family portrait" that the late, great Carl Sagan led the Voyager team to create in 1990, the Earth is in the picture. And much like the "pale blue dot" section of Sagan's famous photo mosaic, the Earth is very, very small. This latest photograph, which shows Saturn in all her majesty, actually includes the Earth only as a cosmic afterthought. Of course, our beautiful blue marble is a cosmic afterthought. Heck, Saturn is neither the largest of our planets, nor the farthest from home; those honors belong to Jupiter and Neptune, respectively. Nonetheless, the photograph is as humbling as any image that accurately depicts our infinitesimal smallness against the backdrop of God's infinite creation.