"Compared to a star, we are like mayflies, fleeting ephemeral creatures who live out their whole lives in the course of a single day. From the point of view of a mayfly, human beings are stolid, boring, almost entirely immovable, offering hardly a hint that they ever do anything. From the point of view of a star, a human being is a tiny flash, one of billions of brief lives flickering tenuously on the surface of a strangely cold, anomalously solid, exotically remote sphere of silicate and iron." - Carl Sagan
Humans are adaptive creatures. For thousands of years, we have been conquering frontiers across this planet. Generations of us have not only explored tundras, mountains, and deserts — but found ways to raise our families in them. By inventing ships, humans have found a means to navigate the vast oceans and survive on all seven continents on this planet. However, in only the past century or so — 111 years to be exact — our species has truly been able to “spread its wings.”
-December 17th, 1903: The Wright Brothers’ embarked on their historic first flight
-April 12th, 1961: Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space
-July 20th, 1969: Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became the first humans to land on the moon
-August 1st, 2014 (TODAY): Six astronauts have spent a combined 582 days living and working aboard the International Space Station.
Take a moment to realize the impressive strides our species has made in such a short period of time. It only took human beings 58 years to go from our first flight in 1903 to sending the first person into orbit. In less than a decade after Gagarin’s historic foray into orbit, Apollo 11 was able to successfully leave the confines of our home planet, land on the lunar surface, and safely return home. Since that “small step,” humans have adapted to spend long durations in space. Right now, today, there are six individuals from various nations working together, studying together, and surviving together aboard the ISS - 205 miles from the surface of the Earth.
We have an innate desire as a species to explore and wonder. Since the conception of NASA in 1958, no other organization has fueled these ideals more profoundly. With space exploration still in its early stages, now is not the time to surrender.
"The Humans" is the ninth episode of The Sagan Series. It can be viewed here: http://goo.gl/qvzVcx
appropriate white culture. dance offbeat at the club. scream at your barista when she doesn’t put enough splenda in your latte. clap at the movie theater when the credits roll. put your child on a leash.
FTW - for the win
WTF - what the fuck
TFW - that feel when
Fwt : friend with trampoline
hey sorry im late i didnt want to come
did tennessee the heaven hurt when you fell from the it
enough to break the ice
how am i supposed to forget you when every time i go outside i see things that remind me of you
- garbage cans
- dog shit
- asshole people
- those babies that you want to punch in the face because they wont stop crying no matter what
I am awake but at what price
Chris Pratt isn’t the only star who hit the gym for Guardians of the Galaxy.