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Salute to Carl Sagan, the Man Who Reached for the Stars

Friday, November 9, 2012, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
The Crawford Family Forum 474 South Raymond Avenue Pasadena, CA 91105 Map and directions
The Planetary Society founders Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman.
The Planetary Society founders Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman.
The Planetary Society

The Planetary Society is celebrating! Co-founder Carl Sagan was born on November 9th, just 78 years ago.  Mat Kaplan, host of Planetary Radio, led a celebration of the life and achievements of the man who literally reached for the stars. Dr. Sagan has long been a pioneer in the dynamic fields of astronomy and planetary science. He served as a mentor for the budding American space program in the late 1950’s and was heavily involved in the Apollo, Mariner, Viking, Voyager and Galileo expeditions. One of his most endearing achievements is bringing the universe to our living rooms through his PBS series “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage,” and he’s been a cherished interpreter of the cosmos for those of us without a PhD in astrophysics. We heard from Carl’s longtime friends and co-workers, including his founding partner at The Planetary Society, Dr. Louis Friedman, and Dr. Kip S. Thorne, professor emeritus in theoretical physics at Caltech. And we sampled Sagan’s “Cosmos,” still the most popular series in the history of American public television.


Mat Kaplan, media producer and Planetary Radio host for The Planetary Society


Dr. Louis D. Friedman, co-founder of The Planetary Society and Planetary Society Executive Director Emeritus

Dr. Kip S. Thorne, The Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus, at the California Institute of Technology

Lynda Obst
Executive Producer, Contact

Chas Beichman
Executive Director of the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI) at Caltech

Melissa Rice
NASA Postdoctoral Fellow, Caltech; MSL Science Team Collaborator

Wladimir Lyra
Carl Sagan Fellow, JPL

Sarah Milkovich
MRO HiRISE investigation scientist and science operations systems engineer for MSL, JPL

Emily Lakdawalla
Senior Editor for The Planetary Society and Planetary Evangelist