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|Document Type:||Visual material|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Carl Sagan; Ann Druyan; Steven Soter; Adrian Malone; Carl Sagan Productions.; Cosmos Studios.
|Language Note:||English soundtrack with subtitles available in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese and English. Closed captioned.|
|Notes:||Based on the 1989 television series: Cosmos.|
|Credits:||Series director-executive producer, Adrian Malone ; writers, Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, Steven Soter. For restored version: executive producer, Ann Druyan ; co-executive producer, Joe Firmage ; producer, Kent Gibson ; writers, Ann Druyan, Steven Soter.|
|Performer(s):||Presenter: Carl Sagan.|
|Description:||7 videodiscs : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.|
|Contents:||disc 1. I. The shores of the cosmic ocean. disc 2. II. One voice in the cosmic fugue --
III. The harmony of the worlds. disc 3. IV. Heaven and hell --
V. Blues for a red planet. disc 4. VI. Travellers' tales --
VII. The backbone of night. disc 5. VIII. Travels in space and time --
IX. The lives of the stars. disc 6. X. The edge of forever --
XI. The persistence of memory. disc 7. XII. Encyclopaedia galactica --
XIII. Who speaks for earth?
|Other Titles:||Shores of the cosmic ocean.
One voice in the cosmic fugue.
Harmony of the worlds.
Heaven and hell.
Blues for a red planet.
Backbone of night.
Travels in space and time.
Lives of the stars.
Edge of forever.
Persistence of memory.
Who speaks for Earth?
Cosmos (Television program)
|Responsibility:||Carl Sagan Productions, Inc.|
In episode 2, Dr. Carl Sagan's cosmic calendar makes the 15-billion year history of the universe understandable and frames the origin of the Earth and the evolution of life from microbes to humans. An understanding of how life developed on Earth enables imaginative speculations on what forms life might take elsewhere in the cosmos. Episode 3 includes a historical re-creation of the life of Johannes Kepler -- the last scientific astrologer, the first modern astronomer, and the author of the first science fiction novel. Kepler provided the insight into how the moon and the planets move in their orbits and ultimately how to journey to them.
Episode 4 features a descent through the hellish atmosphere of Venus to explore its broiling surface, serving as a warning for our world about the possible consequences of the increasing greenhouse effect. Then Dr. Sagan leads viewers on a tour of the Solar System to see how other heavenly bodies have suffered various cosmic catastrophes. Episode 5 asks "Is there life on Mars?" Dr. Sagan takes viewers on a never-before-seen look at the red planet through the eyes of science fiction authors and then through the unblinking eyes of two Viking spacecrafts that have sent thousands of pictures of the stunning Martian landscape back to Earth since 1976.
Episode 6 shows the exhilaration of the 17th Century Dutch explorers who ventured in sailing ships halfway around our planet in their quest for wealth and knowledge and compares that to the excitement of Voyager's expeditions to Jupiter and Saturn. The newly acquired treasures of our present golden age of exploration are the focus of this episode. Episode 7 tells how humans once thought the stars were campfires in the sky and the Milky Way "The Backbone of the Night." In this fascinating segment, Dr. Carl Sagan takes viewers back to ancient Greece when the right answer to such a basic question as "What are the stars?" was first glimpsed. He visits the Brooklyn elementary school of his childhood where this same question is still being asked.