Photograph of Carl Sagan
Robert Reichert and Cornell University.
Carl Sagan is an American astronomer who was born in 1934.
He is famous for his research on the origins of life and his belief that life
exists elsewhere in the universe.
Sagan is a leading figure in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.
He studied the possibility of life
on Titan, Saturn's
largest moon, whose atmosphere
has similar chemistry to that of Earth. Sagan has also
played a prominent role in the U.S. space program, with his involvement in the Mariner,
Viking, and Voyager spacecraft expeditions. He has made valuable contributions to our
understanding of planetary atmospheres and planetary surfaces.
Sagan passed away on December 20, 1996.
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