Some of the greatest heroes in science are completely unsung. When it comes to telling the stories of names that aren’t as household as Einstein, Newton, and Darwin, it takes a dedicated team to uncover the historic details—but it’s a task that Cosmos writer Ann Druyan feels honored to take on.
Most science does not involve the “Eureka!” moment, which makes many of the important advances harder to recount and celebrate. But this week on Cosmos, we celebrated the stories of Annie Jump Cannon, Henrietta Swan Leavitt and Cecilia Payne for blazing the trail to modern astrophysics. Go behind the scenes with Ann Druyan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Andre Bormanis in this exclusive video to see how they did it: