What Carl Sagan is least remembered for

Carl Sagan is most notably remembered for his gift of translating scientific undertakings into the language of human emotion.

He is less often credited as one of the driving factors behind Voyager's Golden Record. In 1977, Sagan gathered a group of scientific and cultural advisors that built a collection of 115 images, natural sounds from Earth, a selection of music, and greetings recorded in 59 languages that travel through space to greet any life-forms that might come across the record's path.

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"Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere."

Carl Sagan

"For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love."

  • Carl Sagan was a renowned American scientist who brought science to the masses with his talent as an orator.
  • His words had an impact on the way the American public viewed and supported the field of space exploration from the 1970s until his death in 1996.
  • He was an outspoken and curious astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist and astrobiologist. He earned more than three degrees, was a Harvard lecturer and Cornell University professor, to name a few.

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