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  1. Little Atoms 269 - Ann Druyan: Voyager, Cosmos and Carl Sagan

    Ann Druyan is an author and television and film writer & producer whose work is largely concerned with the effects of science and technology on our civilization. She was co-writer with Carl Sagan and Steven Soter of the Emmy and Peabody Award winning television series COSMOS, and as the founder and CEO of COSMOS STUDIOS, she is currently working on a reboot of that series. Ann Druyan served as Creative Director of the NASA Voyager Interstellar Record Project to design a complex message, including music and images, for possible alien civilizations. These golden phonograph records affixed to the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft, the fastest moving vehicles ever created by the human species, are now beyond the outermost planets of the solar system on their way to interstellar space. They have a projected shelf life of one billion years. She is the author or co-author of several books, including Comet, which was on the New York Times best seller list for two months. Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, written with Carl Sagan, was another New York Times best seller. She is also a credited contributor to the best-selling books Contact, Pale Blue Dot, The Demon-Haunted World and Billions & Billions by Carl Sagan. She was the co-producer and co-creator of Contact, a Warner Brothers motion picture, based on the story she co-wrote with Carl Sagan. Directed by Bob Zemeckis and starring Jodie Foster, Contact was released July 1997. Ann Druyan was married for nearly two decades to Carl Sagan, until his death in December 1996, and subsequently she was the Founder of The Carl Sagan Foundation.

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  2. How to Make a Golden Record - Science Friday

    Engineers attaching the Golden Record to the Voyager spacecraft. Credit: NASALess than a year before NASA’s Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft were scheduled for takeoff, astronomer Carl Sagan and SETI researcher Frank Drake received an intriguing proposal from the space agency: Would they be interested in crafting a message to alien civilizations to accompany Voyager on its interstellar journey? Over the next nine months, Sagan, Drake, and a small team of scientists and artists scrambled to compile a unique document—part time capsule, part interstellar greeting—to send to the stars. The Golden Record was born.

    Over the next three weeks, Science Friday is celebrating the legacy of the Golden Record, in anticipation of Voyager’s 40th anniversary next year. And we’re asking you: What would you include on a Golden Record? (Click on the image below to tell us!)

    The Golden Record, front and back. Credit: NASAThis week, we explore the Golden Record’s history with two of its creators. Ann Druyan was the creative director for the record project (she would go on to co-write COSMOS: A Personal Voyage with her husband Carl Sagan). And Drake, author of the Drake equation, helmed the record’s picture sequence. Together, they join Ira to remember those frenzied months when they compiled the Golden Record—a “best of” collection of science, art, and ingenuity.

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  3. The Brian Lehrer Show: The Voyager in Interstellar Space - WNYC

    Ann Druyan, creative director of the NASA Voyager Interstellar Record Project, Carl Sagan’s widow, and now executive producer of "Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey", talks about the golden records on board Voyager 1 and reflects on the news that it is now in interstellar space. The record project was intended to demonstrate the diversity of life and culture on Earth for future humans or any intelligent extraterrestrial life it may come into contact with. Plus, Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History and author of the book The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet, joins the conversation to talk about the scientific development that Voyager represents. He’s the host of the new "Cosmos" series.

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  4. Voyager 1 Bids Farewell to the Solar System

    The Voyager 1 spacecraft will soon have a new territory to explore—interstellar space. Voyager chief scientist Ed Stone discusses whether the spacecraft will have a bumpy exit from the solar system, and the chances Voyager’s golden record may someday be intercepted by an advanced space-faring civilization.

    GUESTS Ed Stone Chief Scientist, Voyager Professor, Physics California Institute of Technology Pasadena, California

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  5. Space

    In the 60’s, space exploration was an American obsession. This hour of Radiolab, charting the path from romance to increasing cynicism.

    We begin with Ann Druyan, widow of Carl Sagan, with a story about the Voyager expedition, true love, and a golden record that travels through space. And astrophysicist Neil de Grasse Tyson explains the Coepernican Principle, and just how insignificant we are.

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  6. Cosmos, Voyager and the Golden Record: Ann Druyan in conversation with Brian Cox

    Ann Druyan is one of the most important space science communicators of all time. In this special event she talks to Professor Brian Cox about life, the Universe, and nearly everything in between.

    Ann co-wrote the 1980 documentary series Cosmos, hosted by Carl Sagan, whom she married in 1981. She created, produced the 2014 sequel series, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey and Cosmos: Possible Worlds, and penned the accompanying books. As well as several book collaborations with Carl Sagan, the couple co-wrote and produced the film Contact starring Jodie Foster (1997).

    Ann was the Creative Director of NASA’s Voyager Interstellar Message Project, the celebrated ‘golden record’ affixed to both the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 space probes in 1977. Containing a rich selection of sound as well as images, these discs were designed as an audio time capsule or ‘message’ in a bottle’, taking an insight into human civilisation far beyond the solar system, and capable for existing for as much as a billion years. The photographs taken from Voyager 1 looking back from a distance of 3.7 billion miles famously show Earth as a ‘pale blue dot’.

    Professor Brian Cox CBE is Professor of Particle Physics at Manchester University, The Royal Society Professor for Public Engagement in Science and a Fellow of the Royal…

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  7. Carl Sagan on Extraterrestrials | Blank on Blank | PBS Digital Studios

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    The incomprehensible vastness of the universe, the wonder of our own place in it all… Carl Sagan was able to explain the science of space in a way everyone could understand.

    Among his long list of roles and accomplishments, the Cornell professor and NASA advisor is possibly best known for the 13-part television series, Cosmos, which reached millions of people worldwide and sealed his place as celebrity scientist. Maybe he was teased a bit for his tendency to say “billions”, a lot.

    But Carl Sagan had this amazing talent for explaining the scientific wonders of the universe without losing the wonder. When he spoke about the science of space, he captured imaginations and held people in thrall.

    As part of our special series, The Experimenters — we’re uncovering interviews with the icons of science, technology, and innovation — we found this conversation between Studs Terkel and Carl Sagan in the WFMT Studs Terkel Radio Archive. Following “Contact,” the book he wrote with wife Ann Druyan - and the major motion picture that followed it — Carl Sagan spoke with Studs …

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