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Dead Person Of The Day December 20 – Carl Sagan

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Carl Sagan was one righteous dude. He was a brilliant scientist who had an incredible knack of explaining complex scientific research and theory to the masses in an easy, digest-able way. Particularly in the fiend of space exploration and the search for alien life.

He opined that most funding for science comes from the public sector so he figured the more people learned about all the cool stuff that was going on, the more they’d want to fund it.

What an idea!

Dr. Sagan was also a member of the scientific team that sent the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft to the outer solar system. The spacecraft, which visited Jupiter in 1979 and then Saturn, were the first to fly by Uranus, in 1986, and Neptune, in 1989, and took the first pictures of the solar system from beyond Pluto, in 1990. It was Sagan’s idea to record various types of music and greetings from over 30 languages on 12 inch copper records to include on the Voyager mission. Sagan figured just in case intelligent life ever came across the spacecraft he was putting it out there that humans from down the street on earth were cool shit.

Not only that but the guy wrote a number of books too, and even won a Pulitzer (before they used to hand them out with Pez dispensers). One thing to note here. I’d like to give a shout out to a favorite here at the NOR – William Dicke. Its not often we’ll choose an obit from the NYT over the Independent. But when Billy Dicke’s name is on that NYT tagline it makes the choice a bit easier.


P.S. As much as Sagan did for science he did just as much for the turtleneck and blazer look!

Carl Edward Sagan ( November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996)


Carl Sagan, an astronomer who became one of the nation’s best-known scientists by enthusiastically conveying the wonders of the universe to millions of people on television and in books, died yesterday at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. He was 62 and lived in Ithaca, N.Y.

The cause was pneumonia, a complication of the bone marrow disease myelodysplasia, said Susan Edmonds, a spokeswoman for the cancer center. He had been suffering from the ailment for two years and received a bone marrow transplant at the center in April 1995. Since then, he had returned several times for treatment. Continue 



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