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Space Guru Sagan

carl sagan up close sittingI’ve mentioned Carl Sagan here and there, especially with the release of the new Cosmos.

A while back, I added this quote to the closing of my email signature, and the words continue to take on new and deeper meaning as I learn more about the universe(s?) and our position within it:

“The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.”

Although I recognized Sagan as the driving force behind the original Cosmos series, I knew very little about the man himself. In recent months, I’ve extended my interest to his widow and collaborator, Ann Druyan, an accomplished writer and enthusiast of her own merit.

Yesterday, while catching up on the March issue of Smithsonian, I turned to an article I’d forgotten was nestled within the magazine. I admit to still be working my way through it, but so far, it’s been a great insight into the man himself. I love how Carl Sagan is this guru space orator whom we put on a pedestal and, at the same time, a mere human.

I wish I’d been aware enough to pay attention while the man was still living, but feel so fortunate to exist in an era that’s open to not only his knowledge, but his musings.

So, why is Carl Sagan Truly Irreplaceable?

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Beneath the Ice of Europa

Jupiter's moon EuropaGonna cheat and link you to a cool little article about aliens.

Well, not really. It’s about the theory that possibly existent conditions could be favorable for the sustaining of potential life. So, aliens.

The point I took away, as I have from so many other things before, is that the universe is vast, and we are so completely clueless about it. Heck, we’re ignorant about what’s at the bottom of our own oceans, let alone the water forms on one of Jupiter’s moons.

If we’re not paying attention to the things scientists say about space – if we’re implying to our children that we have it all figured out because of cosmic favoritism – we’re missing out on the real magic. Wonder and awe do not have to cease just because our telescopes are bigger.

Whatever is, or isn’t, out there, I plan to be listening.

Also, Cosmos Cometh.

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