Pale Blue Dot and Beyond (video)
The talk by the inspiring Ann Druyan at the Inauguration of the Carl Sagan Institute, May 9th at Cornell.
“My pride in Carl is boundless,” Druyan said, “that one man could play such an important role in the science of the Voyager mission – the first great reconnaissance of the outer solar system.” Sagan gave the world a perspective of itself, she said, “not the geocentric delusion … but its reality, its fragility, its tininess in the cosmic context.”
Druyan spoke to the scientists of the new institute and the fulfillment of Sagan’s dream of finding worlds beyond ours. “My hope is that … you and your colleagues will see far and see wonders yet undreamt of in our time,” said Druyan, as she mentioned Sagan and his own mentors. “You will be seeing for them. That’s what science is – a continuity of minds, this community of thought that goes back to the days when we first became human and can possibly take us to the worlds envisioned by the scientists of this institute,” she said.
A short Biography on Ann Druyan:
Emmy-award winning writer/producer/director Ann Druyan was the Creative Director of NASA’s Voyager Interstellar Message. With her late husband, Carl Sagan, Druyan was co-writer of six New York Times best-sellers, including “Comet,” “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors,” “The Demon Haunted World,” “Billions & Billions” and “The Varieties of Scientific Experience.” She was co-writer of the original, Emmy Award and Peabody Award-winning TV series “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.” Druyan also was co-creator and co-producer of the feature film “Contact,” starring Jodie Foster and directed by Bob Zemeckis.
As Founder/CEO of Cosmos Studios, she has produced three documentaries and one television series since 2002. “Cosmic Journey: The Voyager Interstellar Mission and Message,” was nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Science, Technology and Nature Programming in 2003.
She was the lead executive producer (for which she won the Producer’s Guild and Peabody Awards), co-writer (for which she won the 2014 Emmy) as well as one of three directors of Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, which was the largest global roll out of a series in television history and has now been seen in 181 countries.
She was program director of the first solar sail deep space mission, launched on a Russian ICBM in 2005. For many years she was the elected Secretary of the Federation of American Scientists and President of the National Organization for the Reform of the Marijuana Laws.
The asteroids named after Ms. Druyan and Dr. Sagan are in perpetual wedding-ring orbit around the Sun. Druyan lives in Ithaca, NY.