“In all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.”

Jenova 7 – “Inner Space (feat. Hugo Kant)”

“Outer Space” — created with footage from NASA Voyager and Cassini

Comedy producer and writer Seth MacFarlane (famous for Family Guy) is planning to help return the cult favorite PBS show Cosmos to television. Cosmos, originally hosted by Carl Sagan, will be rebooted, with Neil DeGrasse Tyson as host, on the FOX network.

The reboot of the show may help popularize interest in astrophysics and the possibilities of space travel.

Says Forbes:

MacFarlane’s path to Cosmos started with the Science & Entertainment Exchange, an organization set up by Airplane director Jerry Zucker to help Hollywood work with scientists to ensure shows like CSI are factually correct. Through the group he met the famous astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson. “He said he was going to host Cosmos, and he was trying to sell the show to a cable science network,” says MacFarlane. “I said, ‘Let me take you into Fox and we’ll see what happens.’”

Ann Druyan, Sagan’s widow and the force behind the new Cosmos, says that the network has agreed to make the show using cutting-edge visual technology (the original was one of the first to use green screens) and is letting her have control over the content of the show. “Seth was already a hero in our household because of Family Guy,” says Druyan, who has two sons. “I knew he would be someone with a skeptical nature and an impatience with superstition and nonsense.”

Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey will debut in 2013.


Nice post from Visually on the search for habitable planets. The one most similar to Earth is a million years’ drive away. Get packing…

Infographic: Are we alone in the universe?

Most liveable alien worlds ranked

Let’s go house shopping.

“Here’s what we can do to change the world right now. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defense each year, and instead spend it feeding, clothing, and educating the poor of the world, which it would many times over, not one human being excluded, and we can explore space: together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.”

Earth is a great place to live, but it won’t last forever. At press time, Earth was expected to die in about 5 billion years.

How will Earth die? Assuming all goes to plan, the Sun will become an enormous fiery ball and consume the inner planets of the solar system. As part of its life cycle as a G2V star, the Sun will enter a red giant phase in a few billion years, at which time it will swell past the orbits of Mercury and Venus, incinerating them.

Though the Sun’s gravitational pull will weaken as it loses mass, potentially allowing Earth to widen its orbit out of danger, it’s believed that Earth won’t escape. And, the oceans will have boiled by then, which will be unpleasant.

We must leave Earth and find new places to live.