The Western Lines

July 29, 2010

Carl Sagan’s Cosmos Blues for a Red Planet

Today on Discovery Enterprise we present the fifth episode of Carl Sagan’s highly acclaimed PBS documentary series – Cosmos: Blues for a Red Planet.

Is there life on Mars? Dr. Sagan takes viewers on a tour of the red planet first through the eyes of science fiction authors, and then through the unblinking eyes of two Viking spacecrafts that sent thousands of pictures of the stunning Martian landscape back to Earth in 1976. Though based on older Mars missions, Sagan’s analysis still holds true.

This episode of Cosmos also follows the career of a young boy, Robert Hutchings Goddard, who was inspired by H. G. Wells’ “The Way of the Worlds”, to one day blaze a trail to the red planet.

Carl Sagan devoted an entire chapter regarding Goddard entitled “Via Cherry Tree, to Mars” in Broca’s Brain: Reflections on the Romance of Science published in 1979.

Carl Sagan’s COSMOS – Blues for a Red Planet


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