Pale Blue Dot Reviewed

In keeping with all of his other books, Sagan has once again weaved a spectacular tale.  Pale Blue Dot brings light to the solar system, illuminating each of our heavenly neighbours, teasing out the very nature of every body.  I am especially fond of Sagan’s description of Earth from the vantage point of space, would ET even notice that intelligent life exists on this small watery planet.

This book is eminently readable, though I did find myself feeling remorse for the fact that Sagan died before many of today’s space missions –i.e. Cassini, Curiosity and Huygens Titan probe- could get off the ground.  It makes me wonder how different this book might have been had he known what would be found in our solar system by contemporary missions.

I recommend this book to anyone interested in astronomy or cosmology, Sagan seems to have written this book for the layman but even so, he provides enough scientific detail to interest even the well versed.  I give it 5 out of 5.

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