Before you explore the universe with Neil deGrasse Tyson in COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey this Sunday, revisit the origins of the incredible COSMOS journey. Nearly 34 years after it originally aired on television, National Geographic Channel will rebroadcast all 13 episodes of Carl Sagan’s ground-breaking series COSMOS: A Personal Voyage in a special two-day marathon of stars, science and intergalactic learning.
The two-day event, airing Saturday, March 8, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, March 9, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m, bridges the gap between past and present with Sagan’s timeless exploration of the universe, concluding in time for the world premiere of the series’ return three decades later with COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey on Sunday at 9 p.m.
Based on Sagan’s book of the same name, the original COSMOS series first premiered in 1980 on PBS, and over the next decade would set the record for the most-watched series ever on American public television. and thrived over the next decade as the most watched series ever on public television in America. Called “a watershed moment for science programming” by the New York Times, Sagan brought science to the mainstream with his accessible explanations of science and stunning scope of content, exploring along the way the big bang theory, the life cycle of stars, laws of planetary motion, the search for intelligent life beyond Earth and more.
Created by Seth MacFarlane and original COSMOS collaborators Ann Druyan and Steven Soter and helmed by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Sagan’s successor as the people’s ambassador to the stars, COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey continues the great work of the legendary original series by helping humanity find its coordinates in space and time.
Revisit Carl Sagan’s original COSMOS: A Personal Journey this Saturday, March 8, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, March 9, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. After, don’t miss the cross-network premiere of COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey on FOX, Nat Geo Channel and other US Fox networks at Sunday at 9 p.m.