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Friday, September 20, 2013

Can't wait for Cosmos II

Was going through a box in the closet and found this great Carl Sagan cover and made me remember what a wonderful job the first Cosmos series did at opening up science to general audiences. It wasn't just science that Sagan and those around him opened up to a wider audience, it was philosophy and politics too. That how we fund research and science matters just as much as how we fund other parts of government.

Future Life was a magazine that lasted only about four years (1978-1981). It was dedicated to both science and science fiction. This cover of Future Life has a headline that reads, "Space Activism: A Growing National Movement?" They talk about the forming and constantly growing 'space constituency'. These are activists that want to influence government and society in a direction that takes us further into the stars.

These groups continued and did not simply just 'go away' as I am sure some in the various power circles in our country would have preferred. Even President Obama had a group of these folks in the 2008 campaign. The Obamanauts worked for his election in Florida and other parts of the country.

Space policy is a great area that is often ignored by the mainstream media. Hopefully the new COSMOS series with Neil deGrasse Tyson will energize even more people, just like the original COSMOS did back in 1980.

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