Our Home in Space

Most of these images were taken from the  International Space Station with the two larger images of Earth being from NASA orbiter missions. I would like to take this Earth Day to reflect on an image of Earth taken in 1990 by the Voyager 1 space probe. At the time when this image was taken the probe was 3.7 billion miles away from Earth, this was the farthest we had ever reached as a species. Today, after 36 years, the probe is still operational and is leaving our solar system. Carl Sagan had this to say about the image taken by the Voyager 1 probe:

“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”
Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

A special thanks to all my followers, I hope you have a happy Earth Day!

Credit: NASA/JPL/Earth Observatory


Local Team (Managed by Kenny Dalglish and Roy Evans): David James, Rob Jones, Alan Kennedy, David Burrows, Mark Wright, John Wark, Jason McAteer, Steve McMahon, David Thompson, Gary McAllister, Jamie Redknapp, Michael Thomas, Ronnie Whelan, John Barnes, Steve McManaman, Peter Beardsley, Ian Rush, John Aldridge, Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen

Global Team (Managed by Gerard Houllier and Phil Thompson): Sander Westerveld, Vegard Heggem, Stig Inge Bjornebye, Sami Hyppia, Markus Babbel, Luis Garcia, Didi Hamann, Salif Diao, Bruno Cheyrou, Vladimir Smicer, Jari Litmanen, Jan Molby, Bjorn Tore Kvarme, Abel Xavier

For over a week now, Liverpool fans and players have joined in unison - as they have done almost every year for 25 years - to mourn the loss of those 96 fans who lost their lives at the Hillsborough Tragedy.

Today, however, unlike the annual Hillsborough Memorial, Liverpool FC brought fans, players and ex-players in unison to celebrate those 96 lives in an Anfield charity game with the money being donated to the Hillsborough Family Support Group. It allowed us to appreciate this club and realise that through rain or shine, we will truly never walk alone.

Despite the match between local LFC legends and their international counterparts being purely for fun and to support the Hillsborough families, there was no surprise in seeing the competitive streaks of the players who previously graced Anfield.

Fans and current players played witness to a highly entertaining game which ended in a 2-2 draw. Let’s face it, we didn’t want to see either side lose!

Mere seconds away from halftime saw God, aka Robbie Fowler, score a goal as he was threaded a beautiful ball by Jason McAteer. Nonetheless, Vladimir Smicer equalised in the beginning of the second half with an incredible goal which landed in the top left corner of the net.

Comedian and long-time Liverpool fan John Bishop was also denied a penalty by goalkeeper David James after Bruno Cheyrou slotted one past the Local Team’s goalkeeper to put the score at 2-1.

It was thought that the Global lads were to secure a win however late in the game, the Locals were a awarded a penalty which Robbie Fowler belted it in the centre.

Fans in attendance also had the privilege to see King Kenny make a late appearance for the Local lads as he replaced Ian Rush although he did not get as much playing time as we all hoped.

A wave of nostalgia has seemed to crash down on us all at seeing past players back doing what they do (or did) best. Liverpool fans have been tainted with always talking about history yet with players like ours and an illustrious past, it’s hard to comprehend how this is seen as a negative thing.

All I can say is that with the end of the season coming and a possible title arriving back at Anfield, more will be added to our history books which I hope you all will be talking about for as long as possible.

write up by Daniella