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Our Curiosity

You may know that the 2nd anniversary of the Curiosity rover reaching Mars occurred a little over a month ago.  In fact, for those of us who work here at NGC, we’re treated to a full scale model of the Curiosity rover each day upon entering the building (though recently our new friend Spinosaurus is…

“Our Pale Blue Dot” – The Monologue That Inspired COSMOS

“The Earth is a very small stage in a vast, cosmic arena.” – Carl Sagan Over the past thirteen weeks, COSMOS has taken viewers on a journey though space and time, reaching back into history to revisit historical figures and revive lessons that can inform our understanding of the universe. Tonight, the journey ends with…

What’s Your Favorite Scene From Cosmos?

As the season finale of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey rapidly approaches, we’re already starting to feel nostalgic. In this exclusive behind the scenes video, cast and crew take a trip down memory lane to discuss their favorite moments. Executive Producer and Director Brannon Braga reveals what made the Cosmic Calendar sequences his favorite, while Neil…

Is Earth Turning Into Venus?

Venus may be our planet’s closest neighbor in the solar system, but its atmosphere seems world away from Earth’s oceans, ice caps and greenery. Where our world hosts an ecosystem that supports all kinds of life, Venus is a gaseous wasteland, its oceans long gone and its surface hotter than an open fire.  However, as…

4 Ways COSMOS Predicts Our Civilization May Die

Every week, COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey celebrates Earth’s abundant forms of life, from the birth of living organisms to humans’ existence today. But in tonight’s episode, it looks at how our civilization may die. The episode doesn’t get too gloomy with its doomsday predictions, postulating a few possible ends to life on Earth. Some ends…

Meet The Forgotten Scientist Who Cracked The Magnetic Code

Last night’s COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey explored the secret underlying the birth of modern technology, the makeup of our natural world and the scientific theories that inspired Albert Einstein: magnets. Far more than just the trinkets that decorate our refrigerator doors, magnetic forces guide the course of our planet through the universe, governing all motion…

Science as a “Candle in the Darkness”

“What Cosmos has at its heart is hope. It’s about the future we could have if we get our act together,” says writer Ann Druyan. Neil deGrasse goes on, “Science is all about asking questions that empower you to decode the world around you. Once a truth is established by experiment, it’s one for the…

Doomed Like The Dinosaurs: How COSMOS Explains Climate Change

This week’s COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey takes us on a journey through 350 million years of climate change. Dramatic atmospheric shifts created human life as we know it today through a constant process of demolition and rebuilding, a violent past that wiped out all life hundreds of millions of years ago as the Earth’s temperature…

Selecting the Stories of Cosmos

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…

“Pickering’s Harem” – The Untold Story Of The Women Who Mapped Our Galaxy

In the early 20th century, Harvard – and the field of science as a whole – was dominated by men. However, one team of women provided they key to our modern conception of the galaxy, thanks to their cataloguing of tens of thousands of stars. An all-new episode of COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey tells the…