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Steve Likes to Curse
Writing, comics and random thoughts from really a rather vulgar man
"Whatever the reason you're on Mars, I'm glad you're there, and I wish I was with you." 
Wednesday, December 20th, 2006 | 11:14 am [astronomy, personal, science]
Carl Sagan died ten years ago today.  He wrote and hosted the television series Cosmos, and wrote the book of the same title, among countless other accomplishments.  He was one of the great astronomers and cosmologists of the 20th or any other century.  His work was an inspiration to me when I was a child; watching Cosmos on WTTG Channel 5 when I was just a boy was what first pointed my mind and imagination toward the stars.  Carl Sagan was the first one to tell me about the orbits of the planets, the Big Bang, and what it was really like on Mars – since he was part of the team that designed and landed the Viking probes on the red planet, he would have known better than most.  Sagan was smart, articulate, thoughtful, and above all optimistic about the future of our humble little planet.  Today, with so many people blinded to science by misguided religious beliefs, his wit, his tireless humanism, and his command of science and reason are sorely missed.
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