In 1994, NASA scientist and broadcaster Carl Sagan gave a speech at Cornell University in which he coined the phrase ‘pale blue dot’ to refer to our home planet, Earth.

The iconic “Earthrise” image taken by the Apollo 8 crew in orbit around the Moon, 1968 Dec 24. These photos inspired the modern environmental movement.

The “Pale Blue Dot”: a photograph of planet Earth taken on Feb 14, 1990, by the Voyager 1 space probe from a distance of about 6 billion kilometres (3.7 billion miles).

Awe-inspiring realisations of how small our planet is in the vastness of space;

Icons for the human desire and capacity to explore new frontiers;
Celebrations of our technological capabilities;
Expressions of human creativity;
Clear reminders that our planet is special and must be cared for.
The Blue Dot festival will take this inspiration to celebrate life on Spaceship Earth: EXPLORATION, DISCOVERY, SCIENCE, CREATIVITY, TECHNOLOGY, ENVIRONMENT and SPACE.

This year, we have timed the festival to coincide with the opening weekend of the European Science Open Forum (ESOF) 2016 , which is hosted this year in Manchester. Delegates from the festival will be joining us on Saturday 23rd July.

We hope that you will join us at this celebration.

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