Carl Sagan’s Cosmos

There are a few steps in my path to becoming a space geek.  The first step is pretty clear, and I’ve mentioned it here before … watching the Apollo/Soyuz linkup as a kid, along with some pretty amazing colour illustrations in an encyclopedia set my family had.  But a key part of solidifying that fascination came in my teenage years when i watched the 13 part Carl Sagan series Cosmos.

We live in a vastly different world today.  The Soviet Union and the West were still locked in the Cold War, and that mood is reflected in Cosmos.  The Voyager spacecraft were sending back stunning photos of Jupiter, with the promise of others beyond, and Viking had just recently sent back stunning vistas from Mars.  Still only 8 years away from the last moon landing, and in the midst of speculation about the ‘cutting-edge new Space Shuttle,’ Cosmos came out in 1980 in the midst of some excitement about space exploration still raging.

Its cool to see the show up on the internet for all to see … it really is an education resource for all.  I don’t know how long the links will be active for … I hope forever … but for now, enjoy one of the best astronomy/space series ever put together.

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One Response

  1. I shared the emotion of watching our knowledge of the cosmos go from near nothing, except for some errors, remember Mars’ Canals? I wonder what Galileo would say?
    Now, we worry about money to fix the Hubble Space Telescope and give us a picture at the Limit of Space!
    What will it be? All black? How will they know?

    Now, that nobody cares about Lopez-Alegria setting a new record in space walk or Anousheh Ansariis the first female space tourist who worked in the International Space Laboratory, we begin to lose attention in space and may be resigned to deal with inflation, deficits, sickness, war, etc.

    We, the lucky ones, are, nevertheless, grateful for the journey and, no doubt, we have been changed by the experience. Issues that seemed so urgent have a different context in which they must prove they deserve our emotional attention.
    I expect to see many changes.
    Perhaps, after we see the end of the Universe, the fate of our planet may take a higher and more signficant importance.

    We shall see, as far as we can.

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