Carl Sagan Day

November 7th has been declared Carl Sagan Day, and, as a former Ithacan and a life-long lover of science, I would be remiss if I did not take part in paying tribute to a man who has probably done more than any other to help the public better understand science and the cosmos. Dr. Sagan passed away more than a decade ago, but he is far from forgotten. So thank you, Professor Sagan, for Cosmos and Contact and SETI and your amazingly lyrical ability to describe the wonder of our universe:

The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it but the way those atoms are put together. – Carl Sagan

Projects like Symphony of Science, which has turned pieces of Sagan’s show Cosmos along with interviews and clips from other famous scientists into extremely catchy tunes, ensure that Sagan’s legacy lives on and his message awe, hope, and humanism continues to reach new audiences:

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