Carl Sagan was perhaps the best known science-celebrity of the 20th century.
His 13-part television series called Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, was the first time that I – not even 7 years old and growing up behind the Iron Curtain in communist Bulgaria, had a glimpse of our amazing universe.
The story of our Cosmos, as told brilliantly by Carl Sagan, had a profound impact not only on me but also on hundreds of millions of people across the world who also saw the film.
Yesterday I happened to discover Carl Sagan, A Cosmic Celebrity, a film about the man behind Cosmos. This 45 minute documentary follows Sagan’s personal story from his birth in a struggling Jewish family during the Great Depression to his eventual tragic death from cancer. The movie also documents his important scientific contribution to NASA, his campaign against nuclear weapons, his embrace of the scientific method as a tool to skeptically examine the world, his atheism and his very human flaws and struggles.