6 Times Carl Sagan Was an Intergalactic Treasure
Beloved astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, science popularizer,science communicator, and master turtleneck wearer has contributed so many great things to scientific community and, indeed, the world it can be a task to keep track of his accomplishments. So in order to keep track we present to you our favorite six times Carl Sagan was a national — nay — an intergalactic treasure.
1. The Voyager Golden Record
In 1977 Sagan chaired the committee that compiled the content that would be included on the Voyager Golden Record, a compilation of sounds and images meant to introduce humanity to any extraterrestrial intelligence that may encounter the Voyager 1 spacecraft. "The spacecraft will be encountered and the record played only if there are advanced space-faring civilizations in interstellar space," said Sagan. "But the launching of this 'bottle' into the cosmic 'ocean' says something very hopeful about life on this planet."
2. The Pioneer Plaque
Before the Voyager Record Sagan contributed to the creation of the Pioneer Plaque. A less complex message to our intergalactic brethren, the plaque depicts a man and woman (against the silhouette of the spacecraft for scale) as well as the relative position of our sun to the center of the galaxy, and the makeup of our solar system.
3. Advised A Young Neil deGrasse Tyson
There might be a parallel universe somewhere out there where Neil deGrasse Tyson and Carl Sagan never met and we as people were never blessed with Neil deGrasse Tyson's Twitter feed. Clearly we live in the best of all possible worlds.
4. Drew This Charming Doodle When Was 8 Years Old
Clearly Carl Sagan was destined to be
5. Legit Searched For Extraterrestrial Intelligence
Carl Sagan was so dedicated to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (or SETI) that he made Fox Mulder look like an unfocused slacker. Sagan co-founded the U.S. Planetary Society partially to facilitate this search. So, one day, when you're fist-bumping a little green dude know that you'll probably have Carl Sagan to thank.
6. The Pale Blue Dot Speech
In case you ever need to be reassured about the beauty and awe that exists in the vast expanse of the universe — let Carl break it down for you.