‘Cosmos’ Brings the Universe Alive

‘Cosmos’ Brings the Universe Alive


Artist's image by NASA

Artist’s image by NASA

The new Fox production, ‘Cosmos,’ aired on 10 different networks on Monday night to a whopping 8.5 million viewers. I was among them. Neil deGrasse Tyson hosted the show, performing a precise balancing act between sharing real science and pure entertainment, bringing the cosmos and our planet earth alive. I was completely delighted.

For me, traveling past the stars and planets has been a lifelong imaginary adventure, beginning with watching reruns of ‘Star Trek’ episodes on TV, reading Edgar Rice Burroughs ‘Barsoom Series’ (John Carter of Mars) and Dune by Frank Herbert, and finally watching “Gravity” in 3D. On family vacations, we visited the Kennedy Space Center (Cape Canaveral, FL) and The National Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian (Washington, D.C.). I watched the launches of the space shuttles, holding my breath as they rose into the sky.


Apparently, I am not the only one who loves the idea of space travel. Fifty-three percent of 1World voters would travel 500 days to get to Mars. I am still not sure I am ready to drop a million dollars on the trip, but I hope that in my lifetime commercial space travel will become a reality. Indeed, 83% of 1World voters believe that private industry is better suited to advance space travel.

For me, space travel and science fiction lie at the crossroads of science and drama–the perfect blending of imagination and real research. But mostly, science fiction is the envisioning of both our dreams and our future.

I am pleased that Neil deGrasse Tyson is again bringing the story of “Cosmos” back into my living room. And I am even happier, that Fox will bring space exploration to a much larger audience than ever before. Perhaps there will be a few more Trekkies and Jedis born in the world someday soon.

Jackie Norgord

Expert Community Manager at 1World Online
Jackie Norgord is the Expert Community Manager at 1World Online. She lives in Silicon Valley and holds a BA in English from University of Wisconsin and an MA-TESOL from San José State. In addition to teaching writing, she enjoys travel around the SF Bay and beyond, fine dining, and sport in the Sierras.