"The Cosmos is all there is or was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us -- there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries."
37 years ago on this day, (28th September, 1980) Carl Sagan launched millions of people around the world into the greatest cosmic journey with one of the grandest tales ever told, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. The thirteen episode series taught us how to love people, how to overcome prejudice, how to get rid of superstitions, how to ignore dogma and question authority, how to consider yourself a citizen of the cosmos. It taught us how insignificant we are in the vast cosmic arena, yet how we can leave our monumental footprints if we can unite as a species leaving the discriminating traits that humans have created. The one show that can change your life's point of view :)
It's a really big coincidence how I came to know that today is the 37th anniversary of the series first being aired. I visited Youtube to listen to the Pale Blue Dot speech by Sagan only to find the specific clip that had been in my favorite list for a long time has been taken down due to a copyright claim. I found alternatives but was kinda upset as that clip had really moving soundtrack. I then searched for Carl Sagan and then Cosmos on Google and was really surprised to see the first airing date of the Cosmos: A Personal Voyage to be listed as 28th September, 1980 in Google snippets!
The above picture is a quote from Carl Sagan's book, A Pale Blue Dot. An excerpt from the book narrated by Sagan will surely move you. Listen to it here, the transcript is given below.
An undergrad student from Bangladesh, currently doing my BSc on Electrical and Electronics Engineering to pursue my dream of making the world a better place with the help of technology.