A Place Called Space
Day 14

Supported by Wellcome Trust

Carl Sagan on space exploration

A beautiful, unique animation of little-known audio from Carl Sagan's 1977 CHRISTMAS LECTURES on humans in space.

In 1977 Carl Sagan gave the CHRISTMAS LECTURES on space travel. In his final lecture, he spoke about the human race venturing out into space; his words are as relevant now as they were then. 

In 1977 we had begun to tiptoe into space, and felt on the edge of the Universe, about to dive in. Almost 40 years later, we’ve made great progress and large strides further into space, but in some ways have barely got our feet wet. The words Carl Sagan concluded his Lectures on ‘The planets’ with are as meaningful now as there were then. 

As we look to send people to Mars and then beyond, are we finally realising Sagan’s vision? This clip from the 1977 CHRISTMAS LECTURES was animated by the Ri animator-in-residence Andrew Khosravani.

Watch Carl Sagan's lectures in full

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