Carl Edward Sagan, Ph.D. (1934 – 1996) was an American astronomer, astrochemist, author and highly successful popularizer of astronomy, astrophysics and other natural sciences.
Most of us remember him from his co-writing and presenting the award-winning 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which has been seen by more than 600 million people in over 60 countries, making it the most widely watched PBS program in history.
I remember being pinned to my chair when watching Cosmos episodes. The dialogue was superb and his speech and explanation were captivating.
He also wrote the novel Contact, the basis for the 1997 Robert Zemeckis film of the same name starring Jodie Foster, one of my favorite E.T. movies which discusses the conflict between scientific reasoning and faith. (sidetrack: Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey were amazing in this movie).
I leave you now with the intro of Cosmos
and Carl Sagan speech after 10 years of Cosmos
here he explains the time scale of the universe
this is what i call great moments in TV history.