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“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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Each week, we’re throwing back to Carl Sagan’s original COSMOS by highlighting an exclusive vintage clip of the show. Turns out, one concept both Sagan and COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey host Neil deGrasse Tyson love to explore is space’s ultimate phenomenon: black holes. On this week’s COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey, viewers took a journey on the Ship of the…

The wait is over. Tonight, Carl Sagan’s legendary COSMOS series, television’s greatest exploration of science, returns with a renewed journey for a new generation with COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey starring Neil deGrasse Tyson. Tonight’s worldwide premiere event will be simulcast live across ten Fox U.S. channels, including FOX, Nat Geo Channel and more. President Barack Obama…

Think you can create a galaxy as magnificent as the Milky Way? To celebrate the worldwide premiere of COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey, National Geographic gives you the chance to build a universe of your own with our interactive Cosmic Creator. With the Cosmic Creator, you can design planets, moons and stars to fill the night…

Science is an endless search, binding the generations in a constant quest for learning. Continuing the tradition of bringing the universe down to Earth is Neil deGrasse Tyson, the ideal scientist to transport a new generation of viewers to the cosmos. Born and raised in New York City, Tyson was infatuated with science from a…

What happened in space this week? From NASA’s new Jupiter mission to our favorite villains from The Social Network, catch up on the past few days’ intergalactic headlines. NASA announced plans to launch a mission to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa by 2025. Released this week, the White House’s  FY15 budget allocated $15 million for the mission, which will explore Europa’s…

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…

COSMOS: A Special Exhibition

COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY is finally here and to celebrate the National Geographic Museum is opening up a special exhibition, featuring plenty of ways for COSMOS lovers to transcend time and space into a world of imagination and cosmic understanding. The exhibition, which opened yesterday, coincided with the National Geographic LIVE! screening of COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY at National Geographic’s…

It was on Oct 14, 2012 that Austrian pilot and base jumper, Felix Baumgartner, went to the edge of space and made it back alive. His mission was to embark on a historic journey and complete the highest and fastest free fall ever by man. Felix also became the first person to skydive the sound…

Yesterday, Felix Baumgartner jumped from the edge of space, breaking the speed of sound and the world record for a free fall jump from higher than 120,000 feet. While many followed this historic event with yesterday’s live-stream, National Geographic Channel and BBC detailed every second with more than 20 cameras. The footage will be combined…

To everyone’s major disappointment, Felix Baumgartner’s epic spacedive scheduled for today has been aborted due to gusty wind conditions in Roswell, New Mexico. According to mission control, the launch is the second-most dangerous part of this mission (second only to Baumgartner’s actual jump), and even slight winds could be disastrous. The team will try again…

In the wee hours of Tuesday, Felix Baumgartner is predicted to become the world-record holder for the highest free fall. Specifically, he’ll be climbing 23 miles up into the sky—to what is essentially the edge of space—and jumping. While he’s at it, Baumgartner will become the first person to free fall through the sound barrier.…

For those who never made it to Kennedy Space Center to watch a shuttle launch, the chance to witness one of the now-retired space shuttles in flight was an opportunity not to be missed. Lucky for me, Nat Geo headquarters is conveniently located in Downtown D.C., close to the area where the space shuttle Discovery…

Inside the Milky Way

Inside the Milky Way is about you, me, and the history of two hundred billion stars. Our solar system lies on the outskirts of a vast celestial city, a colossal community of stars, bound together by gravity: the Milky Way Galaxy. Today, astronomers are piecing together evidence, allowing us to see our galaxy in a…

In the California desert, in intense secrecy, the world’s first space tourism program is born. Two visionaries—entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson and legendary aerospace designer Burt Rutan—take on the ultimate challenge: building the craft and infrastructure for the world’s first spaceline. A team of maverick engineers design, build, and test-fly the craft that will one day transport…

Join us on a journey to the edge of the universe, seen through the eyes of the amazing Hubble Space Telescope. Launched in 1990, Hubble has since paved the way for space exploration and understanding. Among numerous other discoveries, Hubble is responsible for helping scientists figure out the age of our universe — between 13 and 14…

Dawn of the Ocean

The earth 4 billions years ago: Water does not exist — the earth is a gigantic mass of molten rock. Comets formed of ice and dust rain down on the earth. They bring with them water that immediately evaporates. When the projectiles from space become fewer, the earth forms a solid crust as the temperature…

As you may remember, I’ve previously written in this blog about the famous March 13, 1997 “Phoenix lights” UFO sighting, a series of bizarre optical phenomena seen by thousands of people in Arizona, Nevada and parts of Mexico, and the seeming reappearance of the lights almost exactly 10 years later, on February 6, 2007. To recap, the 1997…

Surviving at 220 Degrees

By Larry BambrickExecutive Producer Shoot Day 4: Thursday August 13 Just watched some of the rushes from the first two days of shooting. George D’Amato (our director for this episode) and Paul Tolton (our director of photography) have done a great job giving a visual look to this show. Almost every frame looks bleached out…

Hotter and Hotter

By Larry BambrickExecutive Producer Day One: Monday, August 10 — It Gets Hot, Hot, Hot It’s the beginning of the end. It’s another big challenge. We’re trying to answer the question — what happens to the Earth, when the sun gets old? Usually… answering questions like that becomes almost entirely theoretical. This is what happens…

What would happen if a Martian-sized dust storm came down to Earth? Dust storms on Mars and Earth are identical, save for the fact that those on Mars are many times larger and more powerful. Now, as human exploration of Mars creeps closer, exhaustive testing is underway to ensure that astronauts are protected from the…