A sequel to Carl Sagan’s Cosmos?

Carl Sagan with a model of the Viking lander

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Who can forget the documentary series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage aired on television during the 80’s, and presented by the late Carl Sagan? The memories of listening intently to Carl Sagan’s mesmerizing voice, and witnessing what was then groundbreaking visual presentations of outer space, will be with me forever.

That series instilled in me a lifelong fascination with scientific discovery and a great love for science in general.

So it is little wonder that I’m extremely excited at the prospect of a sequel. It may not be the same without the inimitable Carl Sagan, but the announcement that well-known astrophysicist and Nova host Neil de Grasse Tyson will be presenting, is at least a consolation. A further boost is that Carl Sagan’s widow Ann Druyan and astrophysicist Steven Soter who worked with Sagan on the original series, will again be heavily involved in the sequel.

The only downer for most scientifically minded people is that it will be produced and aired in prime time by Fox Television, infamous for their religious bias, conservative political outlook and antagonism towards true science. However it is hoped that the involvement of Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, will persuade Fox to not cancel the series prematurely as they so often do with others.

Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey is due for release some time in 2013. Let’s hope the hacks at Fox follow through…