Ten fun facts about Carl Sagan


Fact 1
His contributions were central to the discovery of the high surface temperatures of Venus.

Fact 2
He also perceived global warming as a growing, man-made danger.

Fact 3
He is best known for his contributions to the scientific research of extraterrestrial life, including experimental demonstration of the production of amino acids from basic chemicals by radiation.


Fact 4
Sagan assembled the first physical messages that were sent into space: the Pioneer plaque and the Voyager Golden Record, universal messages that could potentially be understood by any extraterrestrial intelligence that might find them.

Fact 5
He published more than 600 scientific papers and articles and was author, co-author or editor of more than 20 books.

Fact 6
Sagan is known for many of his popular science books, such as The Dragons of Eden, Broca's Brain and Pale Blue Dot, and for the award-winning 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which he narrated and co-wrote.

Fact 7
The most widely watched series in the history of American public television, Cosmos has been seen by at least 400 million people across 60 different countries.

Fact 8
Sagan and his works received numerous awards and honors, including the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal, the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction for his book The Dragons of Eden, and, regarding Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, two Emmy Awards, the Peabody Award and the Hugo Award.

Fact 9
He also wrote the science fiction novel Contact, the basis for a 1997 film of the same name.

Fact 10
Sagan always advocated scientific skeptical inquiry and the scientific method, pioneered exobiology and promoted the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI).


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Carl Edward Sagan was an American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science popularizer and science communicator in astronomy and natural sciences

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