17 years ago today, Carl Sagan died of pneumonia. He was a great astronomer, scientist, educator, and a visionary. He was one of the main scientists involved in the Voyager mission, which has now left the Solar System, after more than 35 years of inter-planetary travel.
One of his largest projects was Cosmos (1980), an educational TV program that allowed everyone to easily learn about and understand the Universe. Although it was a time of political instability, Carl Sagan and his team went to great lengths to deliver a captivating and complete experience to their audience, without compromise. They filmed in over a dozen locations, from the USA, to Egypt, Italy, Japan, Russia, Cambodia, and many more.
Carl Sagan has also written many science fiction books, including the very popular “Contact”, on which a movie of the same name is based.
There is no doubt that his contributions to science and humanity have and will continue to change our lives.