Today on Discovery
in order to commemorate the
seventy-eighth birthday of Carl Sagan and celebrate Carl Sagan Day we present Remembering Carl Sagan with Annie Druyan. Enterprise
George Noory spoke with Ann Druyan, widow of the late astronomer Carl Sagan, and Michael Harrison, publisher of TALKERS magazine, a trade industry publication related to talk radio and new talk media. The two shared memories about Sagan and discussed their video podcast project, At Home in the Cosmos with Annie Druyan. In the videos, Druyan provides intimate details of her life with and love of the man who popularized science for millions with his books and television appearances. Druyan said Sagan's secret to greatness was being "filled [in equal measures] with both skepticism and wonder" about the Cosmos.
Carl Sagan was the rarest of all creatures - the celebrity scientist. While some accused him of being a grandstander, none can deny that his approach to science helped introduce millions of people to the great wonders of the universe that fascinated him all his life.
He played many different roles - professor, working scientist, bestselling author and TV personality. In his classic television series Cosmos, he brought science to the masses in an accessible, entertaining format.
He spent most of his career as a professor of astronomy at
directed the Laboratory for Planetary Studies. He published more than 600
scientific papers and articles and was author, co-author or editor of more than
20 books. He advocated scientifically skeptical inquiry and the scientific
method, pioneered exobiology and promoted the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Cornell
|The Voyager Interstellar Record|
Ann Druyan and Carl Sagan both collaborated on the Voyager Interstellar Records which were included aboard both Voyager spacecraft, which were launched in 1977. They contain sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth, and are intended for any intelligent extraterrestrial life form, or for future humans, who may find them. The Voyager spacecrafts are not heading towards any particular star, but Voyager 1 will be within 1.6 light years of the star Gliese 445 in the Ophiuchus constellation in about 40,000 years.
Murmurs of Earth - Inspired by Carl Sagan Images (and sounds) from the Voyager Interstellar Record.
This is awesome material currently traveling through space and to the stars. Pay attention to the pictures, they tell our story... This is a message of hope and good will, of who we are and what we used to be like. It talks about us, life and our planet. The background music, by Bach, is also in the Voyager record as is the greetings in 55 languages. I read somewhere, who knows if it is true, that when deciding what music to include someone asked Carl Sagan if they should include Bach to which he replied: "Now,that would be showing off."