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National Geographic planning documentary about legendary astronomer Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan, the legendary astronomer, and astrophysicist will be the subject of an upcoming documentary film by National Geographic Documentary Films.

The Untitled Carl Sagan Film will be produced by Seth MacFarlane and Erica Huggins of Fuzzy Door, Emmy and Peabody Award winner Ann Druyan – Sagan’s life partner and Academy Award nominee Nanette Burstein, with Burstein directing. Hungry Man Productions is also involved in the production.

“The Untitled Carl Sagan Documentary will explore his love story with partner Ann Druyan and with science as an intimate and cinematic portrait of Sagan,” National Geographic Documentary Films said in a statement.

“The documentary will feature exclusive audio recordings, archival footage, and animation, as well as interviews with his family, friends, and colleagues.” The film will present a fascinating look into the life and career of one of the world’s most inspiring and revolutionizing scientists of our time, with the full support of Sagan’s family and friends.” The Untitled Carl Sagan Documentary will be available on National Geographic Channels and Disney+ exclusively. There is no set release date.

“Carl Sagan was a groundbreaking and revolutionary scientist who decoded the complexity of the cosmos and made planetary science accessible and relevant to audiences worldwide,” said Carolyn Bernstein, National Geographic’s executive vice president of documentary films.

“We are thrilled to be working with Nanette, Ann, and Fuzzy Door to introduce Sagan’s groundbreaking work and compelling personal story to a new generation of fans.”

According to NatGeo, Sagan’s scientific work and achievements include “a leading role in the American space program since its inception.”

“He has been a consultant and adviser to NASA since the 1950s, briefing the Apollo astronauts before their Moon flights, and was an experimenter on the Mariner, Viking, Voyager, and Galileo planetary expeditions.” Furthermore, as National Geographic points out, he helped solve the mysteries of Venus’s high temperatures (caused by a massive greenhouse effect), Mars’ seasonal changes (caused by windblown dust), and Titan’s reddish haze (caused: by complex organic molecules).

For his 1977 book The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence, Sagan received a Pulitzer Prize. In addition, he received NASA medals for Exceptional Scientific Achievement and the NASA Apollo Achievement Award.

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