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The Powerful Portrait of Earth That Changed a Generation’s Perspective

On December 24, 1972, a photo of Planet Earth from NASA’s last Apollo space mission helps mankind realize we’re all in this together. Within a few hours of leaving Earth, the astronauts were able to turn their cameras back around to see the whole illuminated globe and take one of the most iconic images of Earth,…

Susan Sarandon and Neil deGrasse Tyson Get Deep With Cosmic Perspective

This week on StarTalk, Neil deGrasse Tyson expands his cosmic perspective with actress and activist Susan Sarandon. Known for her roles in the popular films The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Thelma and Louise, the two discuss gender, race, perspective, marijuana, and Carl Sagan. In this clip, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Susan Sarandon’s conversation touches…

Meet the Man Who Discovered Pluto

Mission Pluto, which airs on tonight at 9/8c on the National Geographic Channel, tells the story of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, which is about to culminate a nine-and-half-year, three billion-mile journey by transmitting the first close-up photos of the dwarf planet’s surface. In addition to its unprecedented scientific mission, New Horizons has an honorary function…

Things Get Spacey on Tonight’s StarTalk

The conversation on this episode of StarTalk is out of this world, when Neil deGrasse Tyson sits down with Chris Hadfield.  Hadfield is the first Canadian astronaut to walk in space, author of  “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth,” and a YouTube sensation for his cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” which he performed and filmed aboard…

Watch Live: Rosetta Mission Landing

It’s been a long road for the ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft; but after 10 years of interplanetary travel, the time has finally come for the probe to land on its high-speed target: comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. With only hours left until the lander Philae is scheduled to touch down on the comet’s surface, the next 24 hours are…

“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…

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…

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…

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…

“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…