The Face Of Space, Then And Now



Seth McFarlane is a fan of science. Which is great, everyone should be. But not everyone is both 1) rich, and b) in tight with the programming people at FOX. So this story warms every bit of the cockles of my heart.

McFarlane purchased, at an assumed great personal cost, over 800 filing cabinets filled with the personal papers of Carl Sagan, the former Face of Space. The papers, which include drafts of academic journals, screenplays, draft novels, childhood drawings, correspondence, and old report cards was immediately donated to the Library of Congress for archiving, upkeep, and public access. Said McFarlane, "All I did was write a check, but it’s something that was, to me, worth every penny. He’s a man whose life’s work should be accessible to everybody.”

Sagan was, of course, a brilliant scientist, working with NASA to design the Pioneer probe plague, worked with SETI in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, and perhaps most famously hosted the series Cosmos, which many people working in the fields of astronomy and astrophysics today will tell you had a profound effect of them. Sagan had the ability to communicate complex ideas in lay terms that didn't reduce any of their importance or grandeur.

There is, of course, another like him today. The current Face of Space, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, who I may have mentioned before. His passion at getting the public interested in space again, like it was following the moon landings, keeps him busy. And he's teaming with McFarlane to bring Cosmos back. deGrasse Tyson will host the show, produced by National Geographic and airing on FOX in prime time, hopefully some time in the new year.

As Mcfarlane said the Associated Press, "[Sagan] played an essential role — some would say the only role at the time — in bridging the gap between the academic community and the general public." The hope is, with the launch of the new Cosmos on FOX, that it will reignite the inspiration millions felt after the original series. And with it being on FOX, that it will reach millions more people then deGrasse Tyson's current show on PBS, the wonderful Nova ScienceNOW.

Via The Mary Sue and The Bad Astronomer.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.

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