The Sagan Series: Singing the Praises of Space Exploration

July 10, 2011

“The Cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be.” — Carl Sagan For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by space. I never wanted to be an astronaut; I wanted to live in space. In high Earth orbit. On another planet. Or maybe among the stars. All my […]

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Stephen Hawking Speaks to the New York Times

May 9, 2011

In 1963, when he was 21, Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease). At the time, he’d just begun studying theoretical astronomy and cosmology at Cambridge. Though ALS usually kills its victims within just a few years (you may recall that Lou Gehrig himself only lived […]

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