Carl Sagan
Neil deGrasse Tyson on the Influence of Carl Sagan

Neil deGrasse Tyson, world-renowned astrophysicist, author and director of the Hayden Planetarium, talks about meeting Carl Sagan for the first time when he was just 17 years old. Sagan, a professor at Cornell University, personally wrote to deGrasse Tyson upon seeing his application to the university, inviting him to visit the campus. During his visit, Sagan gave him a personal tour of the lab, offered him a signed copy of one of his books and drove him to the bus station for his trip home. Of the impact this had on him, deGrasse Tyson notes: “To this day, I have this duty to respond to students who are inquiring about the universe as a career path. To respond to them, in the way that Carl Sagan had responded to me.”

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