Many scientists and science communicators often say “I wish we had another Carl Sagan.” While it is heartening to hear people – especially scientists – acknowledge the need for this, it is at the same time frustrating. First, this is something we should not just wish for. Carl Sagan was, in many ways, a super man. He was both an outstanding communicator and a prolific scientist. Furthermore, his research and communication took place at the intersection of topics the public was inherently interested in (planets and the search for life) with topics the public needed some knowledge of (climate change
The background image for this blog is a picture taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. It is looking past Saturn, and through its rings you can see the Earth as a “Pale Blue .”
— Carl Sagan
The “pale white dot” in our masthead is the moon, about to transit across the Earth. The image was taken by .