Exactly seventeen years ago today, the world has lost one its most cherished science educators, a role model for many scientists today, dr. Carl Sagan. If you do not know him, please research it and discover the life work of a truly remarkable man!
In remembering him, allow me to include here the video version of one his most famous speeches, the Pale Blue Dot. It is an excerpt from his book of the same name, inspired by the image of Earth taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft (currently in interstellar space) from about 6 billion kilometers (3,8 billion miles).
Also, do not forget to watch the re-imaging of his iconic television series "Cosmos," starring Neil deGrasse Tyson as host. The new Cosmos will air on March 9, 2014 on Fox.
A few months ago, the CAT Thruster--a very promising water-propelled micro satellite--failed to achieve its Kickstarter goal (despite the incredible support I might add). The project then went on a hiatus, a period of re-thinking what went wrong with the campaign (on Kickstarter, of course, as the actual development in the engineering department at the University of Michigan never actually stopped.) Now, however, the hiatus is over, and the team has returned with a much more thought-out (and realistic) Kickstarter page! For more information on the project and why you should support it click here! And, if I managed to convince you, click on the link below to pledge your support: