Cosmos

Season 1 Episode 7

The Backbone of Night

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Many people are upset that we stopped going to the Moon. There was another time on the ancient island of Samos when Science flourished for a while, but then faded away. Carl Sagan explains how science almost took off centuries before its rediscovery in Europe. The stars were thought to be campfires in the heavens, and the great expanse of stars known as the Milky Way was the "backbone of the night." Dr. Sagan goes back to his childhood elementary school where the question "What are stars?" is the subject of discussion.moreless
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Space Exploration, theoretical science, space travel, social issues, fate of the galaxy