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Carl Sagan, US astronomer

Carl Edward Sagan (1934-1996), US astronomer and astrochemist. Sagan was a consultant and adviser to NASA, and worked on the Apollo mission, as well as the Mariner, Viking, Voyager, and Galileo space probes and planetary exploration programs. He proposed theories to explain the high temperature of Venus, the seasonal changes on Mars, and the reddish haze of Titan. He was a prominent sceptic and populariser of science, writing many books on the subject. He also campaigned for nuclear disarmament, and spoke at the conference of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War in Moscow in the summer of 1987. Photographed in 1987, in Moscow, Russia

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This print captures the essence of Carl Sagan, a renowned US astronomer and astrochemist. In this historical image taken in 1987 during a conference in Moscow, Russia, Sagan is depicted as an influential figure in the field of astronomy and planetary science. With his distinguished career as a consultant and adviser to NASA, Sagan played pivotal roles in various space missions such as Apollo, Mariner, Viking, Voyager, and Galileo. His groundbreaking theories shed light on puzzling phenomena like the high temperature of Venus, seasonal changes on Mars, and the enigmatic reddish haze surrounding Titan. Beyond his scientific contributions, Sagan was also recognized for his role as a prominent skeptic and popularizer of science. He authored numerous books that captivated readers with their insightful exploration of our universe's wonders. Additionally, he actively campaigned for nuclear disarmament during the 1980s when tensions were high between global powers. In this portrait captured at age 53 during his visit to Moscow for an international physicians' conference focused on preventing nuclear war in 1987, Sagan exudes wisdom and determination. His legacy lives on through his invaluable contributions to both scientific knowledge and societal issues. This remarkable print from Science Photo Library serves as a timeless reminder of Carl Edward Sagan's profound impact on our understanding of the cosmos while highlighting his dedication to promoting peace among nations.

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