Cosmos was a television series in the 1980s. Astronomer Carl Sagan took viewers on a trip through the galaxy. The show was wildly popular. It is back with a new star and lots of new information.
The host is Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. He is a boy from the Bronx, NY who followed in Sagan’s steps. He was still in high school when Sagan invited him to spend a day with him at Cornell University. Looking back he says, “ I already knew I wanted to be an astronomer, but that day I learned from Carl the kind of person I wanted to be.”
Dr. Tyson said the first Cosmos series showed “a hidden hunger in all of us to learn about our place in the universe.” Times have changed since that earlier imaginary space ship ride. Robots are exploring Mars. The space shuttle was launched and retired. The universe is expanding at a faster rate. The temperature of the earth is warming.
An observer said it is time to have a shared experience from which to view the future. Genetically modified foods, fracking for natural gas, drastic climate change and exploring space or science research are some of the big issues we currently face.
The early reviews of the show are very favorable. As one said, it is hard to imagine a better man to reboot Cosmos than Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Source: The New York Times March 3, 2014